The 7 Step Diabetes Fitness Plan (Continued)
All is not lost
Can you live a long and healthy life with diabetes? Certainly, and this book will teach you the steps to take to do so. After reading this book, you will also understand better why losing a significant amount of your excess pounds is not the cure-all it was once believed to be. Yes, it is possible to be fit but still overweight and to live well with diabetes (or prediabetes).
Now I'd like you to get up, stretch, and walk around for a bit (actually, I'd like you to repeat this between every fitness step); then come back and read on to learn the seven steps to diabetes fitness. (A handy recap of all seven steps can be found in Appendix A, at the back of the book). You will learn all you need to know to become more fit in every sense of the word, and to live a longer, healthier life without dieting – and in spite of having diabetes.
The 7 Step Diabetes Fitness Plan Recap
Step 1: Your lifestyle choices matter most in controlling your diabetes and prediabetes. The goal is to improve your insulin sensitivity and glucose use, and physical activity and increased fitness are best suited to help you accomplish this goal, no matter how much you weigh.
Step 2: Regardless of your current physical condition, there are myriad easy and effective ways to start moving more to make the undeniable benefits of increased physical activity on your diabetes control and general health yours to keep for the rest of your life.
Step 3: Your physical fitness and diabetes control will benefit most from a varied exercise program that includes aerobic exercise of differing intensities, resistance training, regular stretching, body "core" exercises, and a weekly day of rest.
Step 4: Optimal eating is just as vital to diabetes fitness as physical activity as the two work in concert. Stick with natural, colorful, high-fiber, low-GI foods and smaller portions to control your diabetes and your body weight.
Step 5: Your emotional health is just as important as your physical health when it comes to effectively controlling your diabetes and preventing loss of quality of life from depression, dementia, or disordered eating. Physical activity can help you conquer them all.
Step 6: Effective use of diabetic and other medications along with certain nutritional supplements many enable you to better control your diabetes and other health problems so that you can live a longer and healthier life.
Step 7: Motivation to exercise comes in many forms. Try out different strategies until you find the ones that work for you to make healthy lifestyle changes that will last for the rest of your long and healthy life.
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