Physical activity is good for everyone. Being active is really important if you have diabetes. Check out these ideas on how to be more active.
Being active keeps your body healthy and strong and gives you more energy. It can help you think and be more alert in school. It can also help you stay at a healthy weight or help you lose weight slowly. Being active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
Physical activity can make you feel better if you are in a bad mood or stressed out. It can relax you and help you sleep well. It helps your body use blood glucose, also called blood sugar, for energy. Physical activity can help keep your blood glucose in a normal range.
There are many ways you can be active. Pick things you like to do.
Think of other things you like to do and just move! It is an easy way to have fun.
Make physical activity a part of your daily life. Be active with your friends or family members. It is easier and more fun when you ask someone to join you.
If you have not been very active in the past, start slowly. Try a few minutes each day. Do not get upset if you cannot do a lot or if you get out of breath at first—keep moving. Any amount of activity will help. Slowly work up to at least 60 minutes everyday. You might find it fun to count your steps with a pedometer (step counter). Add a few more steps each day. Over time, work up to at least 10,000 steps a day.
Talk to your doctor about the types of physical activity that might work best for you.
You do not have to play a sport or go to a gym. There are a lot of things you can do to be more active:
Make a list of things you like to do to be physically active. Hang it in your room as a reminder. Keep track of your progress.
Ask your family members and friends to do something fun with you—and work up a sweat. Being active is good for them too and a great way for families to spend time together. Ask your family to take a walk after dinner instead of watching TV. Instead of computer games, play music that the whole family likes and dance!
Start an activity group with your friends. Try a different sport or activity each week, or simply walk home from school together instead of taking the bus.
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If you have diabetes, you need to be active, make healthy food choices, and stay at a healthy weight. You also need to take your insulin or any other medicines that your doctor tells you to and check your blood glucose as planned with your health care team. Taking care of your diabetes can help you stay fit, feel great, and give you more energy to have fun.
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