It’s a well-known fact that exercise is good for us. But when you mention exercise to anyone they automatically visualise pumping out numerous reps on a weight-lifting machine in the gym or thrashing out miles on a treadmill. Of course it goes without saying that, enthusiastically ‘hitting the gym’ is hugely beneficial, but is it really necessary to manage our type-2-diabetes?
Having a gym membership, apart from being expensive, can eat into our time. And despite the fact, we all know that exercise — in many cases — is the key to successfully managing type-2-diabetes, not everyone wants to spend time going to a gym. More often than not, a brisk 20 minute walk three times a week is all we need to burn off that extra sugar in the blood.
With that in mind, here are five simple tips that anyone can follow in order to increase their fitness, control their weight and to enhance their lifestyle.
1. Work with someone
Embarking on any new exercise régime can be overwhelming if you are undertaking it alone. Enlisting the help of a friend or family member, who has the same goal as you, is definitely a smart move. Having a companion with which to ‘work out’ can be more motivating than working out alone – making you more determined to soldier on when things get tough.
2. Listen to music
If you decide to forge ahead with your fitness program alone, whether you decide to go jogging or decide to buy a treadmill or exercise bike, try listening to music with a heavy beat. One of the problems with some repetitive exercise routines is that they can become boring. Music has the power to inspire and to take your mind off any laborious activity.
3. Do something you enjoy
Find an exercise that you enjoy doing, not everyone likes to do the same things. Forcing yourself to carry out an activity that you don’t enjoy will doom you to failure. It will always be easier to achieve your goals if you are doing it in a way that is pleasurable.
4. Start slow and build up
Whatever activity you decide on, start slow. When you first start a fitness régime you are bound to be enthusiastic and want to see results quickly. Avoid going at it ‘hell for leather’ or you will either injure yourself or you will burn out fast and give up. Exercising 20 to 30 minutes a day 3 to 4 times a week is all you need to see a difference in your fitness levels.
5. Set realistic goals
Set small, realistic and achievable goals – it is no good setting a goal to lose 20 pounds in a week. Setting yourself unrealistic goals will set you up to fail and ensure that you will give up. Monitoring your progress throughout the whole process is important. Noticing sustained weight-loss, increased stamina and your blood sugar levels regulate themselves is extremely motivating and is guaranteed to spur you on.
Following these 5 simple tips will help you to stay focused and motivated – keeping you on the path to successfully managing your diabetes.