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Type 2 Diabetes on a Budget

Do I Have to Pay Big Bucks for a Good Exercise Program?

For many people, another vital part of controlling type 2 diabetes is incorporating a good exercise program. However, this does not mean you have to shell out the big bucks for a gym membership. As a matter of fact, this can be the least expensive part of your diabetes management. It may just come down to a good pair of walking shoes!
Finding activities that you enjoy will help you stick with your exercise program. Rather than spending a lot of money to go to yoga or aerobic classes, you can find some good deals on exercise DVDs that you can watch and do in your own home. You could try borrowing DVDs from your local library as well. Rather than buying a treadmill, you can go for a walk around the neighborhood. If the weather is bad, try walking the perimeter inside your local shopping mall or hardware store. If you're tempted to make unnecessary purchases, leave your money at home. 
There are numerous activities you can do without having to spend much money. Even if you don't want to spend a penny on buying some small weights, there are lots of items around the house that you can use as a substitute, such as milk jugs or water bottles. Two of these items can easily replace a set of dumbbells. You can fill them with water, sand, or small rocks and perform arm exercises with them.
Another idea for cheap strength-training weights would be to fill a backpack with some weighted items and wear it while you are doing some leg exercises, such as squats.
There's no need to go and buy a gym membership or invest in exercise machines, unless that is something that you enjoy and that would help you stick with a long-term exercise program. If a gym is not something you are ready for, there are a number of activities you can do in the comfort of your own home.
(Click Being Active With Type 2 Diabetes for tips on how to incorporate a good exercise program into your type 2 diabetes treatment. This article also offers information on ways you can work out without having to pay a lot of money.)
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