Don’t Let Winter Keep You off Your Feet!
We just wrapped up a fundraising week for JDRF, and one of the more competitive events include a pedometer challenge. Proof that even in the dead of Winter, you can still walk for better health! Walking improves glucose control and cardiovascular fitness for hearth health, and it helps with controlling weight. Some tips to get you going:
- Track your steps with a pedometer (you could even challenge your friends and family to your own pedometer challenge!)
- Stay motivated with a walking partner. A friend, family member or dog!
- Bring a cell phone and water along for longer walks.
- Always wear a diabetes ID bracelet and carry glucose tabs or snacks in case your blood sugar drops.
- Watch your posture. Walk tall, shoulders back and down, and head straight.
- Wear socks and comfortable shoes.
- Do a foot check afterwards for cuts, abrasions or blisters.
To start, just get up and go, don’t over-think it! Walk 5-10 minutes at an easy pace. This is easy to do no matter where you are—at home, the office or even the mall! As that gets easier, add 5-10 minutes each week until you are able to walk 30 minutes without stopping. Soon, you’ll be ready to embark on an all-out walking exercise plan! Check back for a later post with information on checking your heart rate and targeted number of minutes to exercise, along with a 12-week walking workout schedule!