Actionable Solutions for Type 2 Diabetics: Embracing Physical Activity for Better Health

Actionable Solutions for Type 2 Diabetics: Embracing Physical Activity for Better Health

Common Objections to Physical Activity for Type 2 Diabetics

The hardest thing about getting in better shape, whether you have type 2 diabetes or not, are the myriad of excuses we come up with to avoid taking action.

We often spend too much energy focusing on the problems that hinder us from achieving our goals, rather than coming up with solutions for those problems.

Here is a list of the 7 most common objections we've encountered while working with numerous clients over the past 2 years. You may be able to relate to one or two of these problems/excuses, or perhaps you've used one or more of them yourself.

Fortunately, we have outlined actionable solutions to address these problems and hopefully shift your mindset regarding each of them:

  1. "It's too hard."
  2. "The results take too long."
  3. "It's not fun."
  4. "It costs too much money."
  5. "It's hard to find the time."
  6. "I'm too old."
  7. "I'm too out of shape."

Actionable Solutions to Overcome Objections

Actionable solutions:

  1. Getting in better shape doesn't require hours of hard work at the gym. To start your fitness journey, you can begin with simple activities like taking walks around your neighborhood or exercising at home for 15 minutes. At this early stage, the key is consistency. So, start today without even joining a gym. Instead, focus on activities that have the least barriers or friction for you.
  2. You can start seeing some benefits quickly. Check your blood glucose levels before and after going for a walk or doing resistance training. You may notice lower numbers after the walk. Stick with it over time and you will see more significant results.
  3. Not every activity is enjoyable, but you can find something you like. Try different activities to discover what you enjoy the most.
  4. While it may be true that it can be costly, there are affordable solutions available. Some gym memberships cost as little as $10 per month. If a commercial gym membership is not within your budget, consider joining your local Park Rec or following exercise videos on YouTube from the comfort of your home. Solutions are everywhere if you start looking for them.
  5. Start small with 20 to 25 minutes. There is a story in the book Atomic Habits about a man named Mitch (I believe that was the name) who wanted to get in better shape. He began by going to the gym every day but only staying for 5 minutes before leaving. Although it may seem insignificant, Mitch was laying the foundations for himself as a person who exercises and building the foundation for better habits.
  6. It's never too late to start resistance training and engaging in other forms of physical activity.
  7. Remember, someone else has been in your shoes in the past. Start by incorporating simple activities into your daily life, such as walking more. In the beginning, the specific activity you choose doesn't matter as much as showing up every day. That's the only way you will get into shape.

Do you need help getting started? Speak with one of our fitness coach and trainers today. Scheduled your initial consultation.
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