Exercise and activity improve blood glucose and help insulin to work like it should. Springtime is the absolute best and easiest time to be active and exercise! The weather is nice and the bonus is it’s fun! Here are five simple strategies to incorporate spring activity:
- Plant a flower garden. Digging, weeding and fertilizing all involve activity. Plant some flowers that you can actually cut to display in your home and give bouquets to loved ones. It’s a wonderful way to relieve stress too.
- Plant a vegetable garden. It is definitely not too late and you’ll be able to reap the rewards all summer. Tomatoes are so delicious and nutritious, and are easily grown here in the St. Louis area! How about green beans, peppers, okra, cucumbers or squash too? I am getting hungry!
- Walk around the ball diamonds when the kids have baseball or softball practice—at least for part of the time.
- Don’t forget outdoor games with the youngsters. Some outdoor game ideas include badminton, jarts, catch, Frisbee, basketball, soccer, hide and seek, and hopscotch. There are a lot of different games to play outdoors.
- Enjoy your local park. There are great walking and biking trails in the area. Check out this website to find a park with trails near you: http://www.mv24.org/trails.html. With so many parks to choose from in St. Louis, you can get a change of scenery often.
So get out there and enjoy the outdoors! Activity will not only benefit your glucose control; it also helps with weight management and stress relief too. Best wishes and happy Spring!
Written by: Judy Schmitt RD, LD, CDE