Diabetes Health Tips: Getting More Exercise This Holiday Season

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Holiday weight gain is a common problem for everyone, but it can put your health in danger if you have diabetes. Still, you may find yourself rather busy through the holidays, so you might need some creative techniques to squeeze in the exercise you need. Below are just a few of the ways you can add more exercise to your busy holiday routine and stay on the right track with your diabetes management .

Exercise on vacation
If your holiday plans involve travel, you should not forget to bring along your exercise routine. You might practice some 30-minute aerobic routines at home before you pack up for vacation so that you have a quick go-to work out to use anywhere. Jogging in place and jumping jacks are a great way to get your heart rate up before doing some push-ups, abdominal crunches, and leg lifts. These are all exercises that you can do with no equipment and minimal space, making them ideal for vacation and family visits.

Get exercise in small increments
When you can’t get a full workout in one session, it may be helpful to break up your exercise into 5-10 minute intervals. To add more exercise to activities you already do, you might walk a few extra laps around the mall while you do your holiday shopping or park further away from the entrance.

Schedule a pre-dinner walk
On Thanksgiving and other family gatherings, you might change up your family’s traditions by taking a walk before the meal starts. As the turkey is resting after roasting in the oven, take a walk around the neighborhood to work up an appetite and kick-start your metabolism before the big meal.

For more information about staying healthy, contact MountainView Hospital today! You can reach us on our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474. 

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