People who have diabetes are very capable of living healthy, normal active lives.

Diabetes is a serious condition affecting millions of people. Type 2 is easily preventable by keeping yourself healthy through good diet, regular physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight. So what happens if you have diabetes? Does your world stop there? Absolutely not! People who have diabetes are very capable of living healthy, normal active lives. Here are some tips if you have type 2 diabetes and still want to exercise.

Exercise with a friend. Friends are great motivators and help you meet and even exceed your goals. It also makes you try harder because you are aware that someone else is waiting for you. Trying an exercise class is also a great way to start. There you will find that there are other people in the same boat as you.

You don't have to exercise all at once. If its better for you, start with shorter increments of exercise that equal 30 minutes per day. Try for two 15 minute sessions, or maybe three 10 minute sessions. Every little bit helps!

By getting healthy, you are helping your body help itself. Remind yourself that your body is working better now. Regular physical exercise improves your body's ability to use insulin according to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. By focusing on this, you can stay motivated.

Keep healthy snacks on hand when out and about. Its also good to keep healthy snacks in the house to avoid the temptation of a less healthy option.

Make sure you're writing it down. Another way to stay on top of your new healthy lifestyle is to track it. Write down when you exercise so you can see how far you've come. It also assists in seeing when you might want to take it a step further. If you feel great, add something new. A new class, exercise, or healthy food. Variety is key here.

Make your goals attainable and reachable. If you set goals too high, you might not meet them and get discouraged. Be sure you aren't changing too many things at once. Change one behavior at a time. Add healthy meals to your diet, then add exercise. Remember, slow & steady wins the race.

Make sure you test yourself regularly. This way you can prevent the onset of any complications.

By incorporating some of these tips, and eventually all of them, you can lead a healthy, wonderful life no matter what condition you have. For more information, contact the Wayne County YMCA at (570) 253-2083, or visit us online at