Exercise With Diabetes: Tips for Working Out
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Here are some easy daily activities that count toward your daily goal.
- Walk the dog. If you don’t have a pet, walk with a friend or neighbor. Or get some work buddies to join you in a lunchtime stroll.
- Rake leaves, mow the lawn, or dig in the dirt to clean up your garden.
- Play tag with your children or grandchildren.
- Ballroom dance. You can also take dance lessons -- modern, ballet, or hip-hop. It doesn’t matter what type of dance you choose, as long as you get moving.
- Roller skate. It burns about 225 calories per hour and uses muscles that may be rusty.
- Play tennis or any team sport. You’ll make some new friends and stay active.
- Swim. It's a great total body workout and helps you relax. It’s also a low-impact workout that is easy on your joints.
- Take an evening after-dinner walk. Walking at the end of day can help you unwind and feel less stressed after a busy day. Challenge yourself with plenty of hills and new routes.
- Wash your car or clean the house. Even if you get your closets in order instead of doing a deep cleaning, you’re still moving.
Try to sneak activity into your day when and where you can:
- When doing work around the house, pump up some fun music and make all your movements bigger. Squat while you work: Bend from the hips and knees like you're sitting down in a chair. Make sure your knees don't go farther forward than your toes.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you’re going to a high floor, get off a couple of floors below and climb the rest of the way.
- Don't call or email your colleagues at work. Walk over to a co-worker’s desk for a face-to-face.
- Walk or pace when you're on the phone, at home, or at work.
- Park your car at the far end of the parking lot. And bring your bags out to the car after every purchase.