On its website, the American Diabetes Association said regular physical activity may produce these benefits: lower blood pressure and cholesterol and risk for heart disease and stroke, weight loss and weight maintenance, increased energy, better sleep, relief of stress, flexible joints, improved balance and blood circulation, and stronger heart, bones and muscles.
But making healthy meal choices and controlling carbohydrate portions, especially foods containing simple carbohydrates, is also important, the American Diabetes website also said.
Balancing the types of food eaten with physical activity is key, the website also said.
"I've been changing the way I eat," Pina said. "I used to be on a see-food diet: whatever I saw, I ate. A lot of burgers, McDonald's."