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"For me, clean eating went a long way, but I knew I had to get active to really control my blood sugar. I eased into it, and now it’s routine."

My first “workouts” were just getting out and walking. From there, I picked up biking. Now I’ll hit the gym for some cardio and maybe play a little basketball with my kids. The thing is, you gotta have fun. If you’re doing something you like, you don’t sweat it as much. You can even change it up throughout the week. If you don’t know where to start, talk to your diabetes care team. As you may already know, doctors love telling people to exercise more, God bless ‘em!

Anthony Anderson is a paid spokesperson for Novo Nordisk, Inc.

Do what you love

Your physical activity program should include activities that you enjoy and that are convenient for you. If being active is more fun for you when you do it with someone else, ask a family member or friend to join you. You may also want to vary your routine to keep it interesting.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends being active for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week, or a total of 150 minutes a week. Your diabetes care team will help you develop an activity plan that is right for you.

If you haven’t been active in a while, the ADA suggests these tips:

  • Keep sessions short; 10 minutes at a time is a good start
  • As you move forward in your activity plan, you may want to try adding a few minutes to your routine
  • While you’re active, if you need to, listen to your body and slow down or take a break
  • Always talk to your health care provider when you start or change any activity

Additional safety tips for physical activity

  • Bring a carbohydrate (or carb) snack with you in case your blood sugar drops too low. These are foods that are easily converted into sugar in the body (such as an appropriate sports drink, apple juice, or glucose tablets)
  • Take a day off if you’re not feeling well
  • Wear a medical ID bracelet or necklace
  • Protect your feet. Wear comfortable shoes and socks that fit
  • Check your feet after being active for any bruises or blisters
  • Always check with your health care provider about how to address your low blood sugar. If you feel shaky, sweaty, dizzy, or have other signs and symptoms of low blood sugar, tell your health care provider how often these things happen. He or she may need to change your diabetes care plan

If you’ve got these tips down, you’re off to a good start. But the key is to make your activity plan a regular part of your diabetes management. So stay with it, and stay active.

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