Easy Exercise Ideas for Diabetes

Written by Julie M. Gentile

Whether you have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, exercise is an incredibly fun way to manage your diabetes, lose weight (if you need to), and get in shape. However, because there are so many types of exercises, which ones are the most important for people with diabetes?

We boil them down for you below.

The great thing about exercise is that there really aren't any rules—your exercise routine can vary on a daily basis. You can alternate with a combination of aerobic, weight lifting, and flexibility exercises as often as you'd like.

Below are some fun exercise ideas that people with diabetes can do.

When exercising, it's important to remember to take a light snack with you, such as a box of raisins or a banana. This can help prevent hypoglycemia, which is when your blood glucose levels get too low. Also, stay hydrated by drinking enough water before, during, and after workout sessions.

If you're new to exercise, start slowly—there's no need to rush into doing too much at once. You can gradually work up to doing more advanced exercises more often. But talk to your doctor before you start any exercise program.

When you make exercise part of your daily life, you make a healthy commitment to taking care of yourself and managing your type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes.

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