Walk With Everyday Steps
So you want to get active. You recognize the need to set personal health goals. But for many people, it can be challenging to get started with an exercise program and keep it going over the long term. That’s why the Everyday Steps Guide was designed to help those living with type 2 diabetes develop a walking routine—one step at a time.
Consult with your doctor before starting any walking or exercise program.
Why should you walk every day?
Sure, it’ll get you where you need to go.But it’s also a great way to reach your health goals and stay fit.
Benefits of walking regularly may include:
- Reducing blood sugar and improving the body’s ability to use insulin
- Lowering the risk of health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke
- Boosting good cholesterol levels and lowering bad cholesterol numbers
- Helping burn more calories
- Lowering stress levels
- Strengthening muscles and bones
Walking is one of the easiest ways to start a fitness habit. You can walk whether you live in the city, suburbs, or country, on the East or West Coast, or in between. And if squeezing 30 minutes into your schedule is a challenge, you can spread your walks out throughout the day and get just as much benefit. All you need is a good pair of shoes and a strategy for staying on track. Need some motivation to get started? Check out our walking guide to take that first step—or leap—toward achieving a healthier lifestyle. Consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan and before starting any diet or exercise program.