Chapter 4: Adding Activity to Your Life Getting Active Being physically active every day can help you manage your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol. That’s because an active lifestyle can improve your body’s ability to use insulin. Daily activity can help reduce the risk of complications of diabetes. And it’s a great way to relieve stress. If you aren’t normally active, be sure to consult your health care provider before getting started. How Much Activity Do You Need? If daily activity is new to you, start slow and steady. Try to do a total of at least 150 minutes per week of aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, spread over 3 or more days a week. If you are just starting out, start with 5 minutes a day and gradually add more time. Do this by adding a few minutes each week. It doesn’t have to be done all at once. Each active period throughout the day adds up. Prolonged periods of sitting are not good for anyone, especially people with type 2 diabetes. Get up and walk around at least every half-hour if you sit for lengthy periods of time, such as at work or at home. 34 If You Want to Lose Some Weight If you are overweight, work up to 60 minutes of daily activity. Weight loss can help improve your ability to keep your blood glucose in your target range. Even a modest loss of 5 to 10 pounds can help you meet your blood glucose goals. Other potential benefits of weight loss include increased energy and improved mood. Talk with your health care team before starting any exercise program and about setting a weight-loss goal that is right for you.
Living Well with Diabetes
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