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Living Well with Diabetes

Chapter 4: Adding Activity to Your Life 36 Sticking With It Make daily activity a lifelong habit. Once you feel good about being active, look for ways to stick with your new active lifestyle. The key is finding activities that you enjoy. Vary your routine from day to day to keep from getting bored. Print out the sheet below for ways to add activity to your day. Check off at least two ideas that you would like to try. Chapter 4: Adding Activity to Your Life Getting Active Sticking With It Make daily activity a lifelong habit. Once you feel good about being active, look for ways to stick with your new active lifestyle. The key is finding activities that you enjoy. Vary your routine from day to day to keep from getting bored. See the box below for ways to add activity to your day. Check off at least two ideas that you would like to try. Keep Activity Simple Make Activity Fun Physical activity doesn’t have to be hard to do to help you manage your blood glucose. Choose activities that fit into your everyday routine, such as: : Yardwork (gardening, mowing the lawn, or raking leaves). : Riding a bike to go shopping or run errands. : Walking the dog around the neighborhood after dinner. : Parking farther away from store entrances. : Taking the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible. Plan activities you enjoy. The more fun you have, the more likely you’ll stick with it. Here are some ideas to get started: : Join a social group that walks or does another activity. : Bowl or golf with friends. : Put on your favorite music and dance at home. : Find interesting places to walk, such as museums, parks, malls, or the zoo. : Hike, bike, or go to the park with kids or grandkids. Talk to your healthcare provider before you start or change your physical activity level or an exercise routine. This workbook is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Only your doctor can diagnose and treat a medical problem. ©2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 StayWell, LLC. www.staywell.com 800-333-3032 All rights reserved. Made in the USA. Print out this helpful sheet and write down your ideas.


Living Well with Diabetes
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