When Amy was initially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, she was both discouraged and overwhelmed. Mustering all the courage she had, she soon took the first step toward managing the disease by pledging to herself that she would do everything in her power to be there for her family in the future.
Amy began eating healthy, but struggled finding the time and energy to exercise. However, that all changed when a friend asked her to run a half-marathon—she accepted the challenge and began training. Since her first race, she’s completed several shorter runs, and exercises at least 3-4 times a week, often running several miles.
Amy’s success didn’t just happen – she needed to take the next step to overcome the challenges of type 2 diabetes. Many other people living with type 2 diabetes may feel the same way. It’s challenging to start exercising, but so important to find ways to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle. Similar to how Amy ran her first race with a friend, including family and friends into your workout can make fitness fun—especially if you’re just getting started.
If you’re ready to tackle your challenges, check out this video and visit AmericasDiabetesChallenge.com for tips to help people with type 2 diabetes and their loved ones tackle their challenges.
Originally posted on the American Diabetes Association site.