Fitting Exercise into Your Daily Life

Written by Julie M. Gentile

Living a full, healthy life with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes  means fitting some exercise into your routine. But how do you make exercise part of your daily life? We show you how below.

Even if you think you're too tired to exercise, too busy, or that exercise is too boring, think again. Exercise can actually boost your mood, increase your energy, help you manage your blood glucose levels, and most importantly, it can be a blast.

The main goal for exercising with diabetes is to get active and stay active every day. Check out our article on getting started and staying motivated to exercise.

Experts say adults with diabetes should aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week, and children and teens should exercise at least 60 minutes most days. Any activity that increases your heart rate and causes you to break a light sweat counts.1

There are 3 main types of exercise:

You should try to incorporate each of these types of exercise into a well-rounded exercise program. An easy way to do this is to set aside some time each day to exercise. This can help you stay committed to your exercise program.

If you simply can't find the time to exercise, below are some suggestions to help people with diabetes incorporate more exercise into everyday life.

Have a discussion with your doctor about adding exercise to your daily routine. Your doctor can offer suggestions and create an exercise program that fits your needs.

Don't be afraid to make a change—especially a healthy one. Making exercise a priority in your daily life when you have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes is a positive change with numerous benefits.

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