Brittany Vogt says she first got involved in
track because of diabetes: "At first, it was
for staying in shape."
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Like healthy eating, exercise is important for everyone, whether or not they have diabetes. When you're living with diabetes, exercise helps lower blood sugar levels and keeps them under control. Plus, exercise can be a lot of fun.
When you're active, your mood tends to get better, which helps you take better care of yourself. For many kids, the more exercise, the less insulin they need, too. There are several kinds of exercise to know about:
- Aerobic, which raises your heart rate and gives your cardiovascular system a workout (games with lots of running, like soccer or basketball)
- Strength, which makes your muscles and bones stronger (lifting weights, push-ups, or pull-ups)
- Flexibility, which helps your muscles and connective tissues stay limber (stretching, ballet).
You should always talk with your health care team before beginning any exercise routine.
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