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Preparing for the Indiana Tour de Cure

Posted at 8:53 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 08:53:44-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The stay-at-home orders have kept many of us from moving less and possibly doing less exercise.

The American Diabetes Association wants you to commit to adding activity to your day by setting a goal.

The "American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure" is just three weeks away, and now is the perfect time to register to walk, run or bike the virtual event.

"I recommend during the pandemic registering for a race because that gives you something to work towards and look forward to, and it helps you keep yourself accountable if you are having a hard time finding the motivation to work out," Cory Mygrant, a fitness nutrition wellness coordinator, said.

Mygrant says she's running the virtual Tour de Cure on June 6 and says it's not too late for you to prepare.

"A training plan should have cross train days, so strength training is really important not only to help you build strength, but it helps you be a faster and more efficient runner," Mygrant said.

One in ten people have diabetes, and one in three people are pre-diabetic. The ADA is concerned that more people will come out of the pandemic with some type of blood sugar disorder due to all of the time they are spending being sedentary. This is why setting a goal now to participate in a race like Tour de Cure is so important.

Tour de Cure participants can create their own course within their neighborhoods and fundraise for the cause. All the money raised for the event goes to local programming and diabetes research.