Physical activity is important for managing your diabetes and overall health. There are many benefits to getting 30 minutes of exercise at least 3-5 times a week, and you don’t need a gym membership. You can walk, dance, run, swim, or try free fitness classes available online –and many more!
Exercising with diabetes means you need to pay attention to your blood sugar as it can fluctuate because of exercise. Check your blood sugar before and after you are physically active. Be sure to bring a snack in case your blood sugar goes too low.
If you are looking to get started, it can be more fun to exercise with a partner or start with a small goal. Try setting a goal for yourself and keep track of your progress along the way.
Our Favorite Four Tips:
- Begin slowly
- Set a goal
- Find an activity you enjoy
- Exercise with friends or family
Our Favorite Links:
- Get in the Zone: My Tips For Avoiding Hypoglycemia During Exercise (diaTribe article)
- Fitness articles from the American Diabetes Association
- Physical Activity and Diabetes (eatright article)
- CDC: Tips for Being Active With Diabetes (PDF view/download)