Chapter 20

Ten Fun Ways to Work Out for People Who Hate to Exercise

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Discovering how music can get you moving

check Helping others while getting a workout

check Finding a buddy who makes working out a blast

check Channeling your inner kid to find joy

Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your diabetes. The benefits are enormous. It can improve your mood and fight depression. It actually makes your body more sensitive to insulin and lowers blood glucose. It also improves cholesterol and blood pressure levels. And you could lose a few pounds to look and feel better, too.

If exercise is so good, why aren’t we all exercising every single chance we get? Because exercise can be difficult. It’s not easy to stay motivated, especially if you’ve been sedentary, you’re overweight, or you have pain in your joints. It’s not easy to find the time if you’re working all day and then trying to take care of your kids or your aging parents at night. It’s not easy if your neighborhood is unsafe or the temperature is extremely hot or cold.

Despite these obstacles, there are proven strategies ...

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