8. Tips for Being Active

How Much Activity?

  • Start by doing what you can do, and then look for ways to do more until you reach 150 minutes a week of activity.
  • Find the time that works best for you to add up to 150 minutes. For example:
    • 30 minutes at one time five times a week.
    • 15 minutes at a time 10 times a week.
    • 10 minutes at a time several times a day.

Do It Your Way

  • Brisk walking is a great way to be active.
  • Try dancing, gardening, following a video, or taking a class.
  • Be active with a friend or family member.
  • Start with 10 minutes a day and build up over time.

Be Safe

  • Check your blood sugar before you are physically active.
  • Carry a snack with you in case your blood sugar goes too low.
  • Carry identification that says you have diabetes.
  • Wear shoes that fit well and are made for the kind of activity you do.
  • Check your feet every day. Call your doctor or nurse if a cut, sore, blister, or bruise on your feet or toes does not go away after 2 days.

Ask Your Doctor or Nurse

  1. What physical activities are safe for me?
  2. Are there any special things I need to do to protect my feet?
  3. Do I need to make any changes in my medicines before I raise my level of physical activity? Do I need to eat a snack before I’m active?

Content courtesy of the National Center for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

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