Easy Activity Tips for Diabetes Prevention & Improvement

Table of contents for Diabetes: Easy Help at Last!

  1. Easy Activity Tips for Diabetes Prevention & Improvement
  2. Easy Weight Tips for Diabetes Prevention and Improvement
  3. Safe Exercise Tips for Diabetics

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There are easy, practical tips for preventing or improving your diabetes in your every day life.

Most people cringe or feel hopeless at the mention of preventing or improving their diabetes through increased exercise or weight loss. However, various national diabetes organizations have put together very simple daily practices which anyone can implement to significantly prevent or improve his or her diabetes. So remove from your mind the images of having to turn yourself into a professional weight lifter, marathon runner, or strict vegetarian to better your life!

This is Part 1 in a 3-Part Series to give you some concise information to easily improve your diabetes or greatly lessen your risk.

Why try to prevent or improve your diabetes? Because it can work!

Chinese and American researchers found that diet and exercise programs for people at high risk for diabetes can delay the development of the disease. Over a 6 year period, 577 adults with high blood glucose levels who followed a diet and exercise program reduced incidences of diabetes by 51%. Even though diabetes risk normally increases with age, the study showed that over a 20 year period, good diet and exercise still reduced incidences of diabetes by 43%. (1)

Here are 10 Simple Ways to Increase Your Activity Level in Your Daily Routine:

1. Walk to places you need to go that are close by instead of driving (at times and to places that are safe to walk.). You may even want to wear a pedometer to keep track of your steps each day and challenge yourself to keep improving.

2. If you do drive, park as far away from the door as is safe.

3. Find a physical activity that you enjoy which you can do daily, such as dance, bicycling, sports, or any other activity in which you move instead of sit.

4. Take the stairs instead of the elevator when possible.

5. When you are working or playing on your computer, take a 10 minute break every hour to walk around. The break will also increase your productivity.

6. Do the same when watching TV; take a break to walk around during commercials and between shows.

7. When you talk on the phone, walk around.

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8. Find a type of exercise class that you like. It doesn’t have to be regular aerobics, it can be a stretching class.

9. When you do household chores such as vacuuming, scrubbing, raking, shoveling, or anything else that you put effort into, do them in a vigorous manner; it is good exercise.

10. It’s can be more fun to make an exercise date with a friend. Instead of just going to the mall to shop or eat, use it as a place to walk together and enjoy each other’s company. (2)

Part 2 will be: Easy Weight Loss Tips for Diabetes Prevention and Improvement

1. Study results from Diabetes and You, pg. 12, Fall 2008 Issue.
2. Paraphrased excerpts from www.yourdiabetesinfo.org

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