Preventive care is so important to managing your health. If you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, practicing a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and physical activity can prevent you from receiving a full diabetes diagnosis. If you have already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, preventive care can help keep other health issues at bay and keep your diabetes controlled. Be sure to have regular doctor and dentist appointments as well to manage symptoms and maintain communication about your ongoing health needs.

When exercising, if your breathing and heart rate are noticeably faster but you can still carry on a conversation, you’re likely exercising at a moderate intensity. When it comes to health benefits, one minute of vigorous activity is equal to two minutes of moderate activity. Examples include:

  • Walking briskly (a 15-minute mile)
  • Light yard work (raking/bagging leaves or using a push lawn mower)
  • Light snow shoveling
  • Actively playing with children
  • Biking at a casual pace

When exercising, if your heart rate is increased substantially and you are breathing too hard and fast to have a conversation, you’re likely exercising at a vigorous intensity. When it comes to health benefits, one minute of vigorous activity is equal to two minutes of moderate activity. Examples include:

  • Jogging/running
  • Swimming laps
  • Rollerblading/inline skating at a brisk pace
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Most competitive sports (football, basketball, or soccer)
  • Jumping rope
  • Zumba

Measure your progress by the number of steps you are covering each day. Generally speaking, you can count on 2,000 steps equaling one mile.

  • 10,000 steps is considered 5 miles
  • 200 steps is about one city block
  • Most people will do about 1,200 steps in about 10 minutes