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.
Regular activity is a key part of managing diabetes along with proper meal planning, taking medications as prescribed, and stress management.
Find out what activities we recommend for people with diabetes and how you can incorporate more movement into your day.
If you have never been active or have not been active for a while, it is important to start slowly and check with your health care provider.
If you want to know more about exercising safely with specific diabetes complications, check out our chart.
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.
With type 1, it’s very important to balance your insulin doses with the food you eat and the activity that you do.
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