Staying active over the long term can help you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
This session we will talk about:
- Some benefits of staying active
- Some challenges of staying active and ways to cope with them
- How far you’ve come since you started this program
You will also make a new action plan!
Teo is at risk for type 2 diabetes. His doctor asks him to lose 20 pounds and aim for at least 150 minutes of activity each week.
With a lot of hard work, Teo reaches his weight and activity goals. His blood sugar is normal now. And his doctor says he’s no longer at risk for type 2 diabetes.
But as time goes on, Teo’s schedule gets busier. His wife starts going to night classes. So he needs to take over some of the household tasks that she used to do.
Teo now runs errands during his lunch break. As a result, he no longer has time to walk during lunch.
It’s hard for Teo to find time to be active. Plus, he’s met his weight-loss goal, so he feels less motivated. His fitness routine is slipping.
Teo decides to take action. He is active with his kids. Hegives himself small, non-food rewards for meeting his fitness goals. And he asks his kids to pitch in more with daily tasks so he has more time to be active.
Today, Teo’s fitness routine is back on track. He plans to stay active over the long term. He wants to be healthy. Plus, he likes how he feels when he’s active.
How to Cope with Challenges
It can be challenging to stay active over the long term. Here are some common challenges and ways to cope with them. Write your own ideas in the column that says “Other Ways to Cope.” Check off each idea you try.
How I Will Stay Active
Why do you want to stay active over the long term?
What might make it challenging for you to stay active over the long term?
How will you cope with those challenges?
Tips for Staying Active Every Day
Small steps can help you stay active every day. Check off the ideas you want to try. Then try them! See how it goes.