Exercise & Diabetes

Do sweat it

If you can’t seem to find the time (or the motivation) to squeeze fitness into your busy schedule, you’re not alone. You’re so busy living your life—meeting deadlines at work, taking care of kids (and even parents), and being there for your significant other—no wonder you’d rather watch sports than actually play them.

When you’re ready, remember to talk with your doctor first and choose a physical activity you enjoy can make it easier to get started and to stick with an exercise plan. (Think yoga, dancing, and gardening for fun starters.)

It can also be helpful to set goals and gradually build up your level of activity. Make sure your goals are realistic and achievable. Success is motivating!

Remember, talk to your healthcare provider before you begin or increase any physical activity program. If you need to add more exercise to your life, you will find information to help you create a fitness plan for your game plan.

Let's get started

Take time to explore the following pages—they’re all about diabetes and physical activity. You’ll find a quick breakdown of 3 types of exercise everyone should do. Help just for beginners. And tricks to keep you motivated. So click to your heart’s content. We promise you won’t even break a sweat.

Ways physical activity can help

  • Lower blood sugar levels. When active, the body uses more sugar for energy. Physical activity may also help the body to use insulin more effectively
  • Keep your body strong, your muscles toned, and your weight within your recommended range
  • Maintain blood flow to the feet, helping to reduce the chance of foot problems

Learn how exercise affects blood sugar. Watch "Insulin and Exercise."

Starting To Exercise

Baby steps are better than no steps at all.