Exercise, or physical activity, includes anything that gets you moving, such as walking, dancing, or working in the yard. Regular physical activity is important for everyone, but it is especially important for people with diabetes and those at risk for diabetes.

That doesn't mean you need to run a marathon or bench-press 300 pounds. The goal is to get active and stay active by doing things you enjoy, from gardening to playing tennis to walking with friends. Wondering how much activity you should be doing and what your options are?

Here are some ideas to help you get moving and start making exercise part of your daily routine.

Physical Activity is Important

Regular activity is a key part of managing diabetes. It can help lower blood glucose in addition to many other benefits.

Types of Activity

Find out what activities we recommend for people with diabetes and how you can incorporate more movement into your day.

Get Started Safely

If you have never been active or have not been active for a while, it is important to start slowly.

Explore: Fitness

  • Exercise & Type 1 Diabetes

    With type 1, it’s very important to balance your insulin doses with the food you eat and the activity that you do.

  • Get and Stay Fit

    We offer strategies for taking the first step toward regular activity, plus ways to stay motivated and keep up your routine.

  • Be More Active Throughout the Day

    There are many chances to be active throughout the day; the more you move, the more calories you burn.

  • Staying Motivated

    It’s easy to start an exercise routine once you’ve decided it’s time for a change, but keeping it up is a challenge for many people.