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Being Active With Type 2 Diabetes

Tips for Staying Active

Making exercise fun can go a long way in staying active. One of the best ways to do this is to find activities you like to do. If you don't like to run or go for a walk, maybe try swimming. Finding things you enjoy is key to helping you staying physically active for the long term and making it part of your daily lifestyle.
If you find that you are making excuses to avoid exercise, try to really think about why you are doing this. Are you setting unrealistic goals? Do you need to switch to a different activity? Maybe another time would be better? Don't give up! Keep trying to find a routine that works for you. Once it becomes a habit, it will be difficult to remember why you haven't done it in the past.

Final Thoughts

Research has determined that getting regular physical activity will improve blood sugar levels and can help control or even prevent type 2 diabetes. Exercise will also have many benefits on cholesterol and blood pressure levels, helping to lower your risk for a heart attack or stroke. It also helps to alleviate stress and improves your quality of life.
Incorporating an exercise program, in addition to a following a proper diet, can help improve the way your body responds to insulin, helping to manage blood sugar levels. Don't use the excuse of your type 2 diabetes diagnosis as a way to get out of exercising. In many cases, those with type 2 diabetes can exercise safely (with a few precautions for some), and can, in fact, be a key role in controlling your blood sugar levels. So throw out the excuses! Take control of this condition instead of letting it take control of you.
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