The best type of exercise, is the exercise that you enjoy!
Choosing exercise or activities that you enjoy means you are
more likely to stick with it.
Any type of activity is good if it makes you move your body and
makes your muscles work more than usual.
You might choose to walk, cycle, dance, swim, play golf, or
exercise to a DVD. They are all good for your health, but it is the
exercise that you like most, that is best for you, as it means that
you will do it more regularly.
You might like to exercise with a friend or join a group, as
this will also increase the likelihood that you will exercise more
Recently, Diabetes Queensland organised an expedition to the
Great Ocean Road. Six people joined together to get fit, meet new
people, have fun, but also support people living with diabetes.
Here is what they said about the event:
'It was great! I enjoy walking and I generally try to walk
in the mornings, but this was a new adventure, it allowed me to get
out in the fresh air and try something different. As a group we
relied on each other to provide laughs, encourage, give a hand and
celebrate how far we had already come.' Julie
'To walk the Great Ocean Road was something I'd had on my
list of things to do. It was a first time for me to sign up
for such a challenge, which made me feel a little inhibited at
first. Pushing these reservations aside, I quickly decided to go
for it! I'm so glad I did. During the challenge, it was
lovely to be with five other like-minded people, of different ages
- we were all there to make a difference.' Nicky
If walking is an activity you would like to try more of, here
are some helpful tips:
• Find a good pair of comfortable lightweight shoes, and
remember a hat for sunprotection.
• Build up slowly, particularly if you haven't done much
exercise lately. Start with a15minute walk and increase
• Warm up and warm down. Incorporate a warm up at the
beginning of your walkwhere you walk at a slower intensity to get
the body going. Aim to do a few cooldown stretches after your walk
to reduce muscle soreness and stiffness the nextday.