Benefits of Getting Active
1. Lowers your risk for diabetes
Reduces insulin resistance
Improves handling of sugar and fat by the body
Lower blood sugar
2. Helps reduce weight & improve metabolism
Burns calories & reduces fat stores
Reducing weight improves insulin resistance
Reducing weight improves cardiovascular health
3. Improves your cardiovascular health
Raises HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind)
Lowers triglycerides (one of the fats in the blood)
Lowers blood pressure
Improves blood flow
4. Improves your physical fitness
Improves muscle tone & body shape
Lowers risk for back pain & injuries
Strengthens heart, lungs, bones & muscles
5. Improves your wellbeing
Perks up your mood & self-esteem
Helps with depression & anxiety
Gives more energy
Makes daily activities easier (such as climbing stairs)
Let’s assess your physical activity profile and your readiness to get active by responding to a few questions.
“Teo 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.
Teo and his wife have five children. The kids all play sports, and he spends a lot of time driving them to events.
Teo 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 Teo, what could you do to become more active?