By Tiffany Wadlow, RN, CDE
Exercise can have many benefits such as reducing stress, increasing insulin sensitivity (making your insulin work more efficiently), helping to control blood sugars, and decreasing the chronic inflammation process.
During the holiday season exercise programs can sometimes get put on the back burner. Here are some fun ways to include exercise into this busy season:
- When you go holiday shopping take a few minutes and walk a lap or two around the mall or store; this will provide you with some exercise plus allow for window shopping.
- Take a walk before dinner. Even better, take your family with you!
- Volunteer for physical chores such as raking leaves or walking the dog.
- Take a walk around the neighborhood and enjoy the holiday lights and decorations.
- Take 10 minutes and do something physical like turn on the radio and dance to some holiday music, do jumping jacks or pushups, or watch a holiday television special while using a treadmill or exercise bike.
As always, remember safety first, check with your doctor before starting an exercise program, be sure to wear appropriate shoes, and do exercises that are suitable for your activity level.