What Is Exercise?
- Read about the benefits of exercise.
- Real-life stories from people with diabetes.
Exercise is also known as physical activity and includes anything that gets you moving, such as walking, dancing, or working in the yard.
You can earn the benefits of being physically active without going to a gym, playing sports, or using fancy equipment.
When you're physically fit, you have the strength, flexibility, and energy needed for your daily activities. Being physically active helps you feel better physically and mentally.
Physical activity can lower your blood glucose (sugar), blood pressure, and cholesterol. It also reduces your risk for heart disease and stroke, relieves stress, and strengthens your heart, muscles, and bones. If you're trying to lose weight, a combination of physical activity and wise food choices can help you reach your target weight and maintain it.
Physical activity helps to improve your health in a number of other ways as well. To learn more, go to Top 10 Benefits of Physical Activity.
All of these benefits can be yours even if you haven't been very active before.
Real-life stories from people with diabetes
These people with diabetes all decided to add physical activity to their daily routine. Here's why.
Darlene S.: My little girl wanted me to walk with her to the playground. When I told her I couldn't walk that far, she started crying.
Lewis P.: I went to the movies and I barely fit into the seat. I was really embarrassed!
Charlie M.: After my heart attack, I started walking almost every day but I didn't keep it up. I remember how great I felt -- I had lots of energy. I'd like to get back into that routine so I can feel that great again.
Rosita S.: The day I couldn't fit into my size 14 pants, I said to myself, "That's it! It's time for me to lose weight."
Sadie F.: I want to set a good example for my grandson so he won't develop diabetes. He's only 9 but he's already heavy and the kids make fun of him. Maybe we can go for walks together.
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