Finding Motivation to Stay Active
You know that staying active can help you keep your blood sugar levels under control. But, staying with an activity plan over the long-term can be difficult. Stick with it! Staying active can help improve both mental and physical health.
Sometimes it seems like it's just too hard to stay active, even though you know you should. If this is true for you, these tips may provide the motivation to stay more active. Remember, before beginning or changing a physical activity program, make sure to talk with your diabetes care team first.
- Keep it fun. Find activities that you enjoy and can fit into the daily routine. Make sure that the activities chosen match your level of physical ability. Not ready to train for a marathon? That’s okay! Try throwing a Frisbee around with your friends. Walk around the park. Challenge a buddy to a game of tag. Ride your bike. These are things you can do to stay active that don’t even feel like exercise!
- Set realistic, specific goals. If that means moving around or walking for only a couple of minutes at a time in the early stages, that's okay. Over time, it may be possible to increase what you can do
- Make it practical. Gardening, washing the car, mowing the lawn, cleaning the house—it all involves moving and burning calories, so why not do it if the mood strikes you? If nothing else, you’re also getting some chores out of the way, too
- Turn to video games? Yes! However, we’re not talking about the games where you sit on the coach for hours at a time, but active games that involve dancing and fitness to help get you moving
- Play it safe. Always keep some form of glucose (sugar) handy while exercising, just in case your blood sugar runs low and you need it. This can be a nondiet soda or fruit juice, which will provide sugar and replace water. Or you can use glucose tablets, raisins, or hard candy