How to Stay Active

Staying active when you have diabetes doesn’t have to be a complicated routine. In fact, even a small increase in daily physical activity can make a big difference.

Looking to Get Started with Exercise?1

Regular exercise can help you control your weight, increase your strength and mobility, and reduce stress.

Before you start any fitness program, it's important to consult your doctor on what exercise routine is right for you.

Check out Steps 1 - 5 to learn more about how to get started with exercise.

1

Ask
Ask your doctor which exercises are best for you

2

Set Goals
Set exercise goals that are realistic and achievable

3

Choose Activities
Choose exercise activities that you enjoy

4

Schedule
Set up an exercise schedule that’s manageable

5

Get Support
Ask friends and family to join you for support

1

Ask
Ask your doctor which exercises are best for you

3

Choose Activities
Choose exercise activities that you enjoy

5

Get Support
Ask friends and family to join you for support

2

Set Goals
Set exercise goals that are realistic and achievable

4

Schedule
Set up an exercise schedule that’s manageable

Exercise Can be a Walk in the Park2

Yes, even a walk in the park can be a great way to stay active. In fact, taking a walk anywhere can be a convenient and low-cost way to exercise — such as walking around your local shopping mall or walking your dog around the neighborhood.

Here are some more everyday physical activities you can do:

Walking
(3.5mph/5.6 kph)

6
Calories Per Minute
356
Calories Per Hour

Playing with kids
(Moderate)

6
Calories Per Minute
356
Calories Per Hour

Jogging

9
Calories Per Minute
532
Calories Per Hour

Swimmimg
(General)

9
Calories Per Minute
532
Calories Per Hour

Running

12
Calories Per Minute
710
Calories Per Hour

Small Lifestyle Changes Can Make a Big Difference in Your Health

Staying active doesn't mean you have to start running marathons or training for the Olympics.

You just need to make small changes to your lifestyle so you can do the activities you enjoy more often, like playing with your kids.

Remember — even the simplest forms of exercise such as a walk in the park can have a big impact on your health!

For more helpful tips on simple ways to stay active, download our Staying Fit Through Exercise Guide.2

Download the guide here

You've Just Completed the Living with Diabetes Section

Congratulations! You should now have a better understanding of how to eat healthy and stay active.

Managing and keeping track of your type 2 diabetes and blood sugar (glucose) levels can be a challenge — that’s why we have provided several resources for you to download and use including a Logbook to track your blood sugar (glucose) levels, our Healthy Eating Guide, and our Staying Fit Through Exercise Guide.

Don’t forget to check out the Starting Insulin, Low Blood Sugar and Why Insulin? sections to get the basic knowledge you need for a successful insulin treatment journey.

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References
  1. http://www.lillyforbetterhealth.com/resources/staying-fit-through-exercise.aspx
  2. http://www.lillydiabetes.com/_assets/pdf/ld86802_elidip-q30034_exercise-1-pager-web.pdf
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