A recent article on states that, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), only 1 in 5 Americans gets enough exercise. It seems to me that this is one component of why our country’s health is on the decline.

People with type 2 diabetes are urged by their doctors to increase their activity level in order to help control their diabetes. We are also, quite often, vilified in the press as being “fat and lazy” and that we “did this to ourselves.” Both of these labels never cease to get under my skin because we are no different than the majority of Americans. Most of us are lazy and need to get moving!

Some guidelines:

· Adults should be walking at least 2 1/2 hours a week (or some other form of moderate aerobic activity).

· Instead, we can choose to jog for 1 ¼ hours per week.

· Strength training is the one area that most American adults don't do on a regular basis. We should be adding push-ups, sit-ups, weight- or resistance training at least twice per week.

Some ways to increase your level of activity include:

· Take a walk after dinner. (Asking someone to join you will help.)

· Take the stairs at work.

· Walk in place during commercials. (I like this one!)

· Schedule regular exercise — make it part of your day.

As people with diabetes, it is imperative that we get regular exercise. Moderate exercise can have a positive effect on your blood glucose for up to 24 hours after you’re done! I’d say you’re worth the effort.