family and dog all running together in cold weather

Family and dog having fun in the country in winterEven during the busy holiday season, you can find time to fit in exercise. Here are a few tips to help you fit in a few quick workouts.

Have a get together focused around activity. There are several/walks scheduled in the Louisville area in the months of November and December. Have a night out dancing or play active video games with your kids/grandkids.

For most people with diabetes, the recommendation is 30 minutes of physical activity most days out of the week. Remember, it is OK to split this time up so it doesn’t take a big chunk out of your day.

Walk for 10 minutes after each meal.

If it is too cold outside for a walk, find a video on the Internet. An 11 minute cardio chair workout video is available (free) at www.sparkpeople.com.

Walk the mall before you start your shopping.

Still no time? Try marching in place for three minutes every ½ hour.

This is the second post in our “Living with diabetes during the holidays” series. Click here to read the first post – Eating healthy.


If you want to learn more about how to manage diabetes in your day-to-day activities for any time of year, the UofL Physicians Medicine Clinics-Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is here to help. Once you have a referral from your health care practitioner, call 502-588-4600 to schedule an appointment.

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Beth Ackerman, R.D.

Beth Ackerman is a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator at the UofL Physicians – Diabetes and Obesity Center. Beth is on the team of educators of the ADA-approved diabetes education team at UofL Physicians. She has counseled people with diabetes for more than 25 years. Ackerman serves as the Diabetes Prevention Program Workgroup co-chair for the Kentucky Diabetes Network and volunteers at Camp Hendon, a diabetes camp for children.

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