Type 2 Diabetes - Being Fit Is Key For People With Diabetes Many people with or without Type 2 diabetes don't realize the amazing mental and emotional benefits of being fit. It's not just about looking good or wearing a certain size jeans. Instead, being fit can change so many different parts of your life. For people with Type 2 diabetes, maintaining a healthy weight and good cardiovascular fitness is even more important. Diabetics have a higher incidence of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. For these reasons alone, getting fit should be at the top of your list of priorities if you have diabetes. One of the first actions to take in order to get a fit and healthy lifestyle is throw out the junk food. There should be no more driving through the fast food line to pick up processed, empty calories. Not only are these foods bad for you, but they're loaded with salt and sugar as well as other additives that make you crave them. Clean out your pantry and refrigerator, and get rid of the junk food. Stop eating out as much. Not only will you save money, but you will then know the precise ingredients in your food. There won't be any more guessing about how much sugar or salt or other preservatives you are eating. You will definitely be healthier, have more energy and save lots of money in the process. You have to move more. It might make sense for you to try to find a fitness buddy or even an online partner who can help keep you motivated. Often, when we have someone we have to be accountable to, we are more motivated to keep going. Sometimes, the people we love who are in our lives every day are not as good at accountability as someone who is on the same path as you. It's important to find an activity that really gets you excited. Maybe you don't like to run or take part in an aerobics class, but you might enjoy yoga or bicycle riding. Everyone can find something they enjoy. It may take a few tries, but find something to get your heart rate up for a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 to 6 days per week. When increasing your activity, do so safely. Move up slowly from where you are now until you get right to say 150 minutes a week. Get used to one level before moving onto the next. Finally, it's important you set goals that are obtainable. Don't make such unrealistic weight-loss goals you can't meet them. Celebrate the small goals along the way to keep yourself motivated for the journey ahead. Those smaller goals will add up over time and create a fit and health body that will help you reverse Type 2 diabetes.
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