Session 3-1

Benefits of Getting Active

Getting active can help you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, lose weight, improve your cardiovascular health, physical fitness and your physical well being.

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. Improves your wellbeing

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Perks up your mood & self-esteem

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Helps with depression & anxiety

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Gives more energy

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Improves sleep

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Reduces stress

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Makes daily activities easier (such as climbing stairs)

Teo’s Story

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?

Teo