NDEP – Physical Activity Practical Tips and Action Steps

NDEP – Physical Activity Practical Tips and Action Steps


Physical activity is important for people
with diabetes and for people who are trying to prevent diabetes. Physical activity can help your body use
insulin which will help manage your
diabetes. [music] Physical activity can lower a person’s blood
glucose, lower a person’s blood pressure, and lower your cholesterol. [music] Physical activity can help you lose weight
or maintain a healthy weight. Studies have shown that a five to
seven-percent weight loss can help to prevent type 2
diabetes or control diabetes. That is if you are a person of 200 pounds, a weight loss of 10 to 14 pounds can be very
beneficial for the prevention of diabetes. Remember to always talk to your healthcare team before you start a new physical
activity program. [music] Adults should get at least 30 minutes of
moderate intensity physical activity at least five days per week. Moderate
intensity activity would be considered a
brisk walk. [music] There are ways you can increase physical
activity in small segments throughout the day, such
as taking the dog for a walk, going out and playing with the kids, or if you’re on the
phone, walking around; don’t just sit in one place. [music] Physical activity is very diverse. It
doesn’t have to mean going to a gym. If you’re sitting in your arm chair, just
move around; you just have to be active. Just keep moving. Some ways of increasing your physical
activity could be when you go to shopping, parking a
little bit further away from the store. Possibly, instead of taking the elevator,
take the stairs. You can, if you’re watching television,
stand up, walk around, dance around your
home. There are many ways to improve your physical
activity. [music] Kids and teens should get an hour of
physical activity every day. It doesn’t always have to be all at the same
time. You can take a walk with your family; you can be out on the playground, or you could
take the dog for a walk. [music] If you have Diabetes or any other health
condition, talk to your healthcare team about your
medications both prescription and over the
counter. If you have problems such as heart disease,
kidney disease, foot problems, or eye problems, talk to your
healthcare team about what physical activity would be best for you. To learn more about physical activity and diabetes, visit the NDEP website at
YourDiabetesInfo.org.

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