Week 2: Keep Moving to Keep Things in Balance
Did you know that exercise improves your mood, boosts your energy level, and helps you sleep better?
Adding physical activity to your day is a great way to feel better and have fun. As a general goal,
aim for about 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Just be sure to talk to your doctor before you
start a new program.
The Key to Control is Balance
I came to the realization that in order to take care of others, I needed to take care of myself first.
I started walking my dog in the evenings, and I found that really helped me to relax. I also take care
of my mom, which has me running up and down the stairs a lot. And everyone in my family depends on me
to drive them places… I’m Mom’s taxi!
With all this extra physical activity, the pounds started coming off. I realize now, that the key to staying
in control is balance. I take things one day at a time and one step at a time.
Mary Ellen, taking Lantus® SoloSTAR® since 2003
Discover What You Enjoy
Adding physical activity to your day can be a fun way to spend the time. Explore the outdoors by
taking a hike, invite a friend to a dance class, or take a kickboxing class to let off some steam.
Whatever you decide to do, have fun doing it.
Make Exercise a Priority
Adding physical activity to your day is a great way to feel better. Take the stairs instead of the
elevator, go for a walk when you need a break, or park a couple of rows farther away when you go
to the supermarket. All of these little activities add up.
Exercise First Thing in the Morning
If you exercise first thing in the morning, you don’t need to worry about how you’re going to fit
it into your schedule later on in the day. It’s a good idea if your workout happens between your
home and work so it can fit in with your daily schedule.
Log Your Activity
Write down what you do for exercise and how long you do it for. You’ll be surprised by what you
can achieve and it’s fun to look back and be proud of your accomplishments.
It feels great when your clothes fit better and you don’t feel winded when you walk up a flight
of stairs… that’s a great reward in itself. But be sure to recognize your progress and celebrate
it, too. Changing your behavior can be hard, so make sure you reward yourself for your accomplishments.
Do not take Lantus® if you are allergic to insulin or any of the
inactive ingredients in Lantus®.
You must test your blood sugar levels while using insulin, such as Lantus®.
Do not make any changes to your dose or type of insulin without talking to your
healthcare provider. Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under
Do NOT dilute or mix Lantus® with any other insulin or solution.
It will not work as intended and you may lose blood sugar control, which could be
serious. Lantus® must only be used if the solution is clear and colorless
with no particles visible. Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with
The most common side effect of insulin, including Lantus®, is
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious. Some people may
experience symptoms such as shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision.
Severe hypoglycemia may be serious and life-threatening. It may cause harm to your
heart or brain. Other possible side effects may include injection site reactions,
including changes in fat tissue at the injection site, and allergic reactions, including
itching and rash. In rare cases, some allergic reactions may be life-threatening.
Tell your doctor about other medicines and supplements you are taking because they
can change the way insulin works. Before starting Lantus®, tell your
doctor about all your medical conditions including if you have liver or kidney problems,
are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding or planning to
Lantus® SoloSTAR® is a disposable prefilled insulin
pen. Please talk to your healthcare provider about proper injection technique and
follow instructions in the Instruction Leaflet that accompanies the pen.
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your health. Please consult your healthcare professional if you have any questions
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