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Tips on squeezing exercise into your busy schedule

Exercise helps maintain and control diabetes. No argument, right? Finding time some days is difficult. With little effort, you can though actually squeeze mini workouts into your day!

  • Walk or bike to work. Obviously this depends on how much you carry back and forth and how far from your house to work. The weather may also have an impact on this decision.
  • If you can’t walk or bike the whole commute, park at the far end of the parking lot for a bit of a walk. Get off the bus or subway a block earlier and walk part way.
  • Make a date with yourself. Write your gym time in your day planner. Make an appointment in your calendar on your phone. Get up early and exercise before you even start getting distracted!
  • Use your lunch break wisely. Instead of hopping on Facebook or other social media, take a power walk. Depending on how long your lunch break is, you may be able to squeeze in a gym visit then.
  • Do jumping jacks or crunches while watching television. Use the commercial time to work on your plank. No one ever said your three sets per day all had to be done at the same time. Watch your favorite television show while on the treadmill.
  • Take the steps. Forget the escalator and use the steps at the mall. Even better, don’t walk but run up the steps.
  • Keep dumbbells at your desk. Do some reps while you are on the phone.
  • Make exercise part of your routine. Once it becomes part of your routine then it will become an automatic thing you do, like brushing your teeth.

How much exercise should you get if you are a Type 2 (T2) diabetic? The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that people with T2 diabetes get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, or 30 minutes a day on five days of the week.


This article is not intended to replace the medical advice of your physician. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of diabetes, make an appointment with your physician.

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