Do you have type 2 diabetes? Like everyone who has it, you have no symptoms. This is no reason to sit idly by. By taking matters into your own hands, there is much you can do to lower your blood sugar, stay fit and play an active role in your treatment. A winning investment in the long term!
This is recommendation number 1: increasing physical activity can lower blood sugar, lose a little weight (or at least not gain it) and keep yourself healthy general health. In the onset of diabetes, physical activity is even as effective, if not more, than a medication.
However, it is sometimes difficult to free up time for sports. And let’s be honest, physical activity is often a chore! It is usually enough to take the first step to get a taste for it: being active decreases the level of stress and can be a real source of pleasure, even a means of recreating social ties.
Here are some recommendations to get started:
- Start by increasing your daily activity, for example by taking the stairs and shopping on foot rather than by car. Be aware that 20 minutes of walking, in addition to your usual activity, may be enough to lower your blood sugar.
- Indulge in activities like gardening or dog walking, which allow you to walk more or, at least, not be seated. Hiking clubs or even mushroom picking are all good excuses to get out of the house.
- Little by little, you will be able to turn to a real sport, such as swimming, cycling, brisk walking, water aerobics … The easiest way to stay motivated? Register for a group activity at a fixed time. It’s up to you to find the activity that suits you best.
Tip: to motivate you to walk more, you can use a pedometer. The World Health Organization recommends taking a minimum of 10,000 steps per day. It’s a lot ! We can therefore start by setting realistic goals to gradually increase the average of steps taken daily.