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Tips on Becoming an "Active Exerciser"

Getting a regular amount of moderate exercise or physical activity is important in managing your diabetes. Sometimes, though,  getting started or keeping up your regular exercise or physical activity routine can be a real challenge.

Here are four tips to help you become an "active exerciser".

1. Overcome barriers

Here's how to overcome some of the most common barriers to getting enough regular exercise or physical activity:

  • Lack of time: identify available time slots each week, walk or bike to work or shopping, walk on treadmill or use a stationary bike while watching TV
  • Social influence: invite family and friends to exercise with you, develop friendship with active people, and join an exercise group
  • Lack of energy: schedule activities when you feel energetic, exercise will increase your enery. TRY!
  • Lack of willpower: plan ahead, have a weekly schedule, join an exercise group or class, set small, reachable goals
  • Fear of injury: start slowly, warm up & cool down, see a clinical exercise physiologist or physical therapist, choose activities involve minimal risk 
  • Lack of skill: select activities requiring no new skills; exercise with a friend at the same skill level, take a class to develop new skills
  • Lack of resources: select activities requiring minimal facilities or equipment, such as walking in the mall, taking stairs, walking tapes, identify inexpensive community programs

2. Time management

Keep track and analyze your time use, schedule your time to exercise, decide what to do with your exercise time

3. Social support

Find friends who have interest in the activities that interest you, encourage your family and friends to support you or join you in your participation

4. Prevent relapse

Do not let one setback be a reason for a long-term relapse, consider a variety of activities, choose activities that emphasize the positive, select a regular exercise time


For information on individual consutations with a Joslin exercise physiologist or our Easy Start group exercise club for people with diabetes, click here

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Page last updated: November 07, 2019