(NC) Managing a chronic medical condition like diabetes doesn’t have to take up a significant part of your day. Check out these simple tips to help you lead an active, hassle-free lifestyle.

  1. Get off the couch. Staying active is one of the cornerstones of better health, because the long list of benefits includes more energy and mood. Even if you don’t have time or interest in heading to the gym, you can incorporate easy workouts into your television time. Try running in place, jumping jacks, lunges or planks during commercial breaks. Binge-watching a crime drama on Netflix? Do 10 push-ups every time a suspect is questioned.
  2. Improve your sleep. To maintain a good schedule and get quality rest, make sure you relax and avoid screens before bedtime, avoid heavy meals and alcohol later in the evening, and go to bed at the same time every day. People with diabetes may even find that when they get enough sleep, it’s easier to control their blood sugar.
  3. Eat superfoods. Choosing healthy and nutritious food is important for everyone, but focus on ones that have proven benefits for your specific illness. For example, if you have diabetes, choose foods with near-zero net carbs and help stabilize blood sugar. Load up your grocery cart with beans, tomatoes, salmon, citrus foods, raw nuts, sweet potatoes, berries, whole grains, fat-free dairy and dark green veggies.
  4. Manage stress levels. Did you know that when you’re stressed, your body releases hormones that are directly responsible for a spike in blood glucose? So do yourself a favour and take care of yourself, whatever that means for you. Try scheduling some “me time” with your favourite activities, practicing a sport or exercise that you enjoy, and mindful meditation.
  5. Arm yourself with the best monitoring system solutions. Juggling work, family and fun can be more challenging if you have to take a test every day, like to measure your blood glucose if you have diabetes. To make this process quicker and easier, try the Accu-Chek Guide system, which is designed to reduce the hassle of everyday testing. The new spill-resistant SmartPack holds test strips tightly in place even upside down and makes it easy to remove just one strip at a time. The strip design also has a wider dosing area, making testing easier.

Find more information at www.accu-chek.ca.