Sunday, December 13, 2015

Action Plan for Getting Exercise

Action Plan for Getting Exercise

Exercise is good for everybody. It improves both physical and mental health. Getting enough exercise is especially important if you have diabetes or are at risk for developing diabetes. Exercise helps your body use insulin more efficiently, making blood sugar levels easier to control. Physical activity can also help lower your risk for other health problems, such as heart disease and high blood pressure.

Making an Action Plan
Making an action plan each week can help you plan specific steps for getting more exercise and prepare for things that might get in your way.

Your action plan should be something you want to do, not something you think you should do. Make your plan realistic and action-specific. Make your plan something you can continue to do or build on over time.

Make your plan something you know you can achieve — be realistic about your current fitness level. Think of exercises you can do now. You can always add on after you achieve your first goal.

Here are some examples of specific and achievable exercise goals:

I will walk for 30 minutes before work on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
I will work out at the gym for one hour, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday.
I will add two more laps to my swims this week on Sunday and Wednesday.
Identifying Barriers
Once you've figured out your goal, think about what things can get in the way of reaching it. Then figure out ahead of time what things you can do to make it easier for you to reach your goal. Here are some examples: