Top 10 Ways to Stay Active that Don’t Feel Like Work!

The American Diabetes Association advises that 30 minutes of aerobic activity at least five days a week helps with the management of diabetes. But who feels like doing that?

Doing something you like helps keep you motivated to keep moving. Here are some fun options to explore that keep you moving and smiling at the same time.

10. Geocaching

If there’s even a hint of an adventurer in you, you’ll love geocaching, which is basically the world’s largest treasure hunt! Players use GPS systems or other navigation devices to find small containers hidden in various locations from deep in the woods to the center of the city. They sign the logbook to prove they’ve been to that specific cache and keep hunting for more. Some containers hold small trinkets and other items for trading, so players can leave something in place of what they take. You never know what you’ll find while you’re getting those steps in!


9. Playing with kids

Whether you have your own children or are just borrowing someone else’s, roughhousing and playing games with children can be a great way to get exercise without really feeling like you’re doing work. Think hop scotch, sledding, jump rope, hula hooping, jumping in a pile of leaves, Marco Polo, hide and seek, tag, and other active but totally fun games!

Children Playing

8. Chores

Okay, we lied a little bit. This one’s probably going to feel like work. But you’ve got the benefit of being able to kill two birds with one stone by staying active and also being productive around the house. Cleaning, raking, taking out the trash, and many other household chores can be fantastic exercise, and you don’t have to make a separate trip to the gym to do them. Even just standing at the kitchen sink doing dishes is much better for your body than sitting on the couch. Turn on some tunes to make it feel more fun!


7. Gardening

Perhaps you count this one among the chores, but many people find gardening relaxing and fun. We’re not saying you have to. But it might be worth a try. It’s a chance to get outside in the sunshine, get creative, and move your body in ways you don’t normally move to stay fit and active for your entire life!

Hands in green gloves plant flowers in pot

6. Yoga

Yoga is not only effective for the management of stress, but also the management of your blood sugar levels. Recent research suggests that yoga participants were able to manage condition more effectively. It also reduces stress levels that can interfere with diabetes control, as explained by Everyday Health. Tai chi or martial arts are also worth a try if you want to mix it up!

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