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Spring into Fitness!

Tips for getting started with an exercise routine

getting-fit_largeMaybe you made a New Year’s resolution to be more active – but it didn’t quite happen. Or you felt like hibernating in the colder winter months. Whatever the case, if you or a loved one lives with diabetes and want to meet some physical activity goals, the change in seasons might be a great time to move exercise to the top of your to-do list.

Physical activity is an important part of helping to manage blood sugar levels, so be sure to check with your care team before beginning or changing a fitness routine.

A first “step”

walking-and-diabetes_largeYou might be aware that walking is often recommended for people who are getting started getting fit. There are a few reasons: It’s free, it can be done almost anywhere and most people can do it – and they already know how!

Here’s some helpful info before you begin: Be sure your footwear is appropriate, map out a route ahead of time and maybe even grab a walking buddy! Get more walking tips from the diabetes community.

Stepping up your walking routine

Possible walking benefits with diabetes

Have you heard about “interval” training or workouts? Don’t be intimidated by the sound of it. Interval walking – which means going from a slow pace to a faster pace, then slow again – may not be difficult to incorporate into your walking routine.

And some researchers have found that interval walking may also be beneficial for weight lossClick here for a sample starter interval walking routine.

It’s just like … riding a bike

Biking in life with diabetes

Think bike riding is just for kids? Think again! It’s an activity that people of almost any age can enjoy (after checking with one’s diabetes care team).

In fact, ask some folks living with diabetes who have taken up cycling in recent years and they’ll tell you that riding has introduced them to more than just a way to stay more fit. Be sure to wear the proper safety gear, including a bike helmet. Read more: Three cyclists living with diabetes share their stories.

Gyms for all levels

getting-started-gym_largeHaven’t checked out your local recreation center, health center or gym lately? Fitness centers have come a long way over the years, with more flexible options for membership and more classes and activities than you may remember. Be sure to ask about any joining specials or discounted rates, or even a tryout period.

A low-impact activity for warmer weather

Gyms typically have treadmills, stationary bikes, hand weights and numerous other types of exercise equipment.  Many also have group classes, and some might have a pool for lap swimming or water-based workouts.

A gym could also be a mental oasis, without the distractions of home – the ringing phone or list of chores – which may make it easier to be inspired to stick to a fitness routine. And there is often knowledgeable staff on-site to share tips or answer your fitness questions. Get more tips for getting started at the gym.

Do you have 10 minutes?

10 Minute Workouts

“No time” is a common reason people don’t regularly work out. The 150 minutes of moderate activity each week recommended to get or stay in shape sounds like a lot! But spread out into three 10-minute chunks during the day, it may start to feel doable. And there’s a bonus: Separating exercise time may offer more benefits than longer workout sessions. Get motivated with some inspiring 10-minute exercise ideas.

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All opinions contained in this post reflect those of the interviewees and/or contributors, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies, or affiliates.

 © 2016 The DX: The Diabetes Experience

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