Get up and get moving: finding inspiration to exercise

Remember that old saying: An ounce of prevention is worth of a pound of cure? That's definitely may hold true with diabetes and physical activity. A little exercise now can go a long way toward preventing or slowing the progression of diabetes.

But be honest--there are some days when you would rather sit on the couch than exercise. That's when you need an extra dose of motivation to get going. If you're struggling with finding the motivation to exercise, these tips might make the difference.

4 ways to get motivated to exercise

  1. Get Inspired. Look for inspiration in your everyday life. Watch your kids playing in the yard--wouldn't you like to join them? Watch your friend as she drops a dress size or two--wouldn't you like to do the same? Wouldn't it be nice to spend more time enjoying the wonders of nature with your spouse? Look toward those who matter the most in your life and use them as your inspiration. They are the reason exercise and fitness matters so much.
  2. Make exercise fun. Exercise does not have to be boring. Make plans to go walking with a friend during your lunch hour, or plan a day-long hike in your favorite park. Play games that require a lot of physical movement, such as racquetball or basketball. If you're not ready for strenuous activity just yet, why not try a round of golf? A nice leisurely walk through the golf course while you play through eighteen holes can do wonders for your exercise routine.
  3. Set milestones. Getting off the couch can certainly be a challenge. You probably won't run a marathon the first day of your exercise program. Instead, set a realistic overall goal that you can reach. Set a series of milestones that you can accomplish on a regular basis. For example, you may decide to exercise three days per week for thirty minutes. Can you keep that pace up for a month? Use a calendar to mark off each day until you achieve your goal of exercising on a regular basis for the entire month.
  4. Reward yourself. When you do reach one of your physical fitness milestones, reward yourself for a job well done. Treat yourself to a nice dinner or an afternoon at the spa. Rewards can be a great way to get you started on the path to your next series of goals.

Don't stop working as soon as you meet your first milestone. Instead, immediately set another one. Exercise is a cornerstone of both diabetes management and prevention, so keep working to make physical fitness a part of your healthy lifestyle.

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