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Diabetes: Being Active

In addition to eating a healthy and balanced diet, exercise is another way to help manage diabetes because regular activity can help lower your blood sugar.
 
Start slowly, especially if you have been inactive in the past. Work your way up to 20 minutes of nonstop aerobic exercise, at least three times a week. As your fitness level improves, aim for a total of three hours of activity each week.
 
Be sure to discuss your exercise plans with your health care provider - especially if you are a man over age 40 or a woman over age 50.
 
Being Active Resources
 
Being active with diabetes: Two people biking 

What Can Physical Activity Do For Me?

 

Lower your blood sugar levels and cholesterol, and make your insulin work better, for starters. Learn more

UW Health Diabetes Management: Woman jumping over hurdle 

Overcoming Roadblocks to Being Active

 

Too tired? No time? Learn about ways to talk yourself into, rather than out of, devoting time to exercise. Learn more

Being active with diabetes: two people stretching 

What Kinds of Activity Should I Do?

 

Heart-healthy exercise, strength training and flexibility work all work together in a balanced, effective exercise regimen. Learn more

 

Get Motivated

 

Still having trouble getting motivated to be active? Visit http://www.rebalanced-life.org/motivation.htm for a motivational video about the first African-American diabetic Ironman participant.