Session 3

Move Those Muscles

Getting active can help you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, lose weight, improve your cardiovascular health, physical fitness and well-being.
happy mature woman using a walker while in the park with her smiling mature husband

Session 3-1

We know exercise is good for us. Here’s why:

Lowers your risk for diabetes

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Reduces insulin resistance

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Improves handling of sugar and fat by the body

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Lower blood sugar

Helps reduce weight & improve metabolism

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Burns calories & reduces fat stores

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Reducing weight improves insulin resistance

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Reducing weight improves cardiovascular health

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Reduces chronic inflammation

Improves your cardiovascular health

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Raises HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind)

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Lowers triglycerides (one of the fats in the blood)

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Lowers blood pressure

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Improves blood flow

Improves your physical fitness

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Improves muscle tone & body shape

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Lowers risk for back pain & injuries

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Strengthens heart, lungs, bones & muscles

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Makes daily activities easier (such as climbing stairs)

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Gives more energy

Improves your cognitive wellbeing

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Reduces risk of dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease)

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Helps with depression & anxiety

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Reduces stress

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Perks up your mood & self-esteem

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Improves sleep

Paul’s Story

Let’s assess your physical activity profile and your readiness to get active by responding to a few questions.

“Paul is at risk for type 2 diabetes. His doctor urges him to lose 20 pounds and work up to at least 150 minutes of activity each week.

Paul and his wife have three children. The kids all play sports, and he spends a lot of time driving them to events.

Paul works full time. On weekends, he works a second, part-time job. When he has some free time, he likes to watch basketball on TV, but he rarely plays it. He spends a lot of time sitting.”

If you were Paul, what could you do to become more active?

Paul