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Getting Started Exercising

by Alwa Cooper

Online and in-person
The Food & Fitness section of the ADA’s Web site includes sections on getting motivated to exercise, losing weight, and finding activities you enjoy. It encourages reasonable goal-setting and incorporating a fitness routine into a daily schedule.

This section of the Children with Diabetes Web site offers a collection of sports and exercise-related articles covering such topics as pump use during exercise and working out while pregnant. There are also several interviews with athletes who have Type 1 diabetes.

The newest blog from DiabetesSelfManagement.com follows Joe Eldridge — a professional cyclist with Type 1 diabetes — as he trains to reach his goal of competing in the Tour de France. As part of Team Type 1 — a professional cycling team whose members have diabetes — Joe travels the world, all the while training for races, participating in humanitarian work, and helping to motivate and inspire those with diabetes. There are also many entries from current and previous bloggers in the Diabetes Self-Management Blog Exercise Archive.

This Web site offers personalized diabetes coaching for a fee, including coaching on beginning an exercise program and meeting fitness goals. All of the site’s nutrition and fitness coaches are certified diabetes educators, and client–coach communication takes place by phone or e-mail.

5390 Main St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55421
(763) 571-5840
Fax: (763) 571-5906
Collage Video tests exercise videos, reviews them, and selects the best to add to their catalogs and sell on their Web site. The site also includes short preview clips of the videos. Search for “diabetes” on the Web site, and you’ll find several options to choose from.

The YMCA offers exercise classes for people of all levels of fitness at branches across the United States (and internationally, as well). Membership costs vary from one YMCA to the next, and financial assistance is available for people who cannot afford membership or other program fees. Ask for details at your local branch. You can find your local YMCA by typing in your ZIP code on the home page.

Government agencies
1 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3560
(800) 860-8747
TTY: (866) 569-1162
Fax: (703) 738-4929
The NDIC offers a number of useful pages, including “What I need to know about Physical Activity and Diabetes”
(http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/physical_ez/index.htm), with sections on why people with diabetes need to be active and how to decide when and in what way to exercise. The page also has links to “Walking: A Step in the Right Direction” (http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/walking.htm), “Active at Any Size” (http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/active.htm), and “Your Guide to Physical Activity and Your Heart” (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/pubs/pub_gen.htm). Contact the NDIC to order paper copies of these brochures.

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