It’s time to move mindfully toward what you enjoy…every morning…every afternoon…every evening. This is one of the newest type 2 diabetes exercise tips.
Next to improving your daily nutrition, getting exercise is probably the best thing you can do to control your diabetes. A lot of people do not get enough exercise. They have jobs that are sedentary, and then they come home from those jobs and sit on the couch, watching TV. While that may not really be obviously harmful to people who don’t already have type 2 diabetes, it can raise the risk that you will develop diabetes. If you already have the condition, a lack of exercise can make your insulin resistance worse and your diabetes harder to control.
Unlike medications that can cause side effects and be expensive to maintain over the long term, exercise is all-natural, with almost no chemical side effects. Another great thing about exercise is that we will help you to find ways to exercise without paying for a gym. There are plenty of places to exercise, and a lot of ways to work out or get yourself moving that you can do right around your own home. Exercise really works. Your exercise definitely should be an activity that you enjoy. It does not have to be vigorous or difficult. It does need to be consistent, though, and ensure that you are moving around and staying active.
Even if you can’t get vigorous exercise, or just really don’t enjoy it, there are still plenty of things you can do to ensure that you burn calories and stay active throughout the day. That movement is one of the keys to controlling your type 2 diabetes. Walking and other gentle exercises work, as do more aggressive options, so you can choose something that works for you and that you feel comfortable about. The exercise needs to be something you like, but also something you can do on a long-term basis. Sticking with your exercise is a very important part of managing your diabetes.
The newest type 2 diabetes exercise tips
Exercise will usually lower your BG levels and keep them under control for hours after you stop exercising. You may not be interested in exercising, and that’s ok. Just work with your team to figure out how to “move mindfully toward what you enjoy.” Do you enjoy cooking? Great. Move from the living room to the kitchen, but take the long way. Delay your kitchen gratification for 5 or 10 minutes while you “walk to the kitchen” during that time. Walk wherever you’d like to walk…outside or inside…but don’t spend 24 hours per day sitting, standing, or lying down. You can get moving without a lot of effort.
Move with a purpose for at least 10 minutes today. Maybe next week is the time to bump that up to 15 minutes. Almost anyone can move around for 10 minutes. If you are not sure you can move for 10 minutes at a time, perhaps due to weight or other health issues, break those 10 minutes down into increments. Just get 10 total minutes in, and you will find that doing that every day will make moving around more easy for you. Once you move more, you will also generally want to move more, which means your exercise level – and exercise tolerance – will start to rise.
Move with a purpose, even if you don’t really enjoy exercise. You don’t have to choose a structured activity that is specifically termed “exercise.” Just do a little more movement than you’re used to. All of that is exercise, even if it’s not what a trainer or frequent gym visitor would put under that term. If there’s a free pool nearby, for example, go for a 15-minute swim 3 or 4 times this week. Find a friend to join you. Having someone to help you through some exercise makes it A LOT easier…and more fun, too.
Your goal is to get addicted. The idea of getting addicted to something isn’t usually recommended, but in this case, addiction is a great thing. Get addicted to those 10 minutes, or 15 or 20 or 25 minutes, of exercise. You will increase your energy level and feel a lot better…especially after 3 pm. Another thing you will find is that you want to get more exercise. The better you feel, the more you want to do. As exercise tones up your body and helps control your blood glucose levels, you will feel better overall, and that can move you toward getting more exercise so you can feel even better.
It’s a great way to feel good about yourself, and also a great way to take better control over your diabetes. It won’t make your diabetes go away completely in the next few months, but it can help reduce your need for medication and also reduce the chances of long-term consequences from your condition.
Moving more is one of the most important things you can do to control your diabetes.