Presentation on theme: "Managing Diabetes All About Physical Activity. Topics Why is physical activity important? What kinds of physical activity are best? What is your plan?"— Presentation transcript:
Topics Why is physical activity important? What kinds of physical activity are best? What is your plan?
What Can Physical Activity Do? Lower blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol (the ABCs) Lower your risk for heart disease and stroke Relieve stress Help insulin work better Strengthen your heart, muscles, and bones Improve your blood circulation and tone your muscles Keep your body and joints flexible
What Activities Are Best? Best to include four kinds of activities: 1.Being active throughout the day 2.Aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, swimming or dancing 3.Strength training, such as lifting light weights 4.Flexibility exercises, such as stretching
Being Active Through the Day Helps burn calories Some ways to be active: Walk instead of drive when possible Take the stairs instead of the elevator Park at the far end of the parking lot Walk around while talking on the phone Work in the garden, rake leaves or wash the car Play with the kids
Aerobic Exercise Aim for a total of 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week Start with 5 or 10 minutes a day and add more time each week Can split up time throughout the day (for example 10 minute brisk walk after each meal)
Aerobic Exercise - Examples Take a brisk walk every day Go dancing Swim or do water aerobics Take a low-impact aerobics class Take a bicycle ride outdoors or use a stationary bicycle indoors Do the exercises on TV Walk stairs repeatedly
Strength Training Helps build strong bones and muscles Do several times each week You can –Lift light weights at home –Join a class to do strength training with weights, elastic bands, or plastic tubes
Flexibility Exercises Stretching helps keep joints flexible and reduces chances of injury Stretch for 5 to 10 minutes to warm up and cool down
Overcoming Barriers Don’t have time to exercise for 30 minutes a day –Start with 10 minutes a day –Work up to 10 minutes at a time, three times a day Too tired after work –Do something active before work or during the day It’s too hot/cold outside –Walk inside (at a mall, at work, at school, etc.) Can’t afford a fitness center or equipment –Pick an activity that doesn’t require equipment, such as walking –Use cans of food for weights
Overcoming Barriers Don’t have child care? –Walk or bike with your kids –Find a rec center that offers child care –Get a group of parents to take turns caring for the kids Don’t feel safe in your neighborhood? –Form a walking group –Do home videos or take an exercise class –Be active near your work or school
Overcoming Barriers What are your barriers? What are some possible solutions?
Your Action Plan MY HEALTHY LIVING ACTION PLAN WORKSHEET INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY Place a check mark next to steps you'll try add physical activity in your daily routine. I'll take the stairs instead of the elevator. I'll park at the far end of the parking lot. I'll find an activity I enjoy, such as working in the yard or riding a bike. I'll take a walk every day, working up to 30 minutes of brisk walking, five days a week. Or I’ll split the 30 minutes into two or three walks. I’ll try strength training by lifting weights several times a week. Other way I'll add physical activities to my daily routine are: __________________________________________________
Getting Started Have a medical checkup and find out which activities are safe for you. Review the symptoms of low blood glucose and know how to treat. Plan how to have water and snacks handy during activity. Wear medical identification. Wear well-fitting shoes.
Review Why is physical activity important? What kinds of physical activity are best? What can you do to increase your physical activity?
More Help Diabetes Learning Center For people who are recently diagnosed with diabetes, or those needing basic information. Online at diabetes.org/learningcenter ClubPed Track the number of steps you walk Choose one of two fun rewards ClubHouse -Message Boards and live chats Online at diabetes.org/ClubPed