Stay connected and communicate with your support group!
In person or online, you can stay in touch with ones that you trust to help keep you motivated
Where motivation is concerned, it’s important to take the “long view” with respect to your prediabetes. While you may feel well now, doing the work up front (healthy eating, physical activity, adherence to meds regimen) will help work towards keeping you healthy over the long-term. Getting this help from coaches and counsellors, as well as using technology (websites and apps), can help you maintain your motivation and commitment to a healthy lifestyle with prediabetes. Here are some useful ways to navigate long-term motivational issues.
Your healthcare team members may include your doctor, a nurse, a dietitian, a pharmacist, a social worker and an exercise specialist. Every member of your healthcare team can act as a coach to help you navigate a myriad of health and motivational issues, including:
- Educating you about prediabetes and how best to manage it
- Developing a healthy eating and weight loss plan
- Developing a fitness regimen
- Providing emotional and psychological support
A recent study in people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes demonstrated that patients who used health coaches had significant improvements in their A1C levels, as well as enhanced physical activity levels and lower body weight.
Technology is such a big part of everyone’s lives today, and it can actually motivate you in your prediabetes management. Many websites and apps are available to help motivate you and keep you on track. They can assist with meal planning, charting your calorie and/or food intake, recording your physical activity and weight loss, and also tracking your blood sugar levels.
Studies have shown that higher engagement with mobile apps have led to increased adherence to physical activity, greater weight loss and A1C reduction in people with prediabetes.
Motivation over the long-term is essential to managing your prediabetes. The key to staying motivated is to think about your successes rather than your disappointments … think “delight” rather than “damage control!” When you find the motivational strategies that work for you in all areas of your prediabetes management, such as health coaching and technology aids – you’ll be developing habits that will help you live a long and healthy life.