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Exercise and diabetes

Regular exercise can help you control your blood glucose levels, lose weight and improve your physical and mental health.

What exercise is recommended?

  •  Any effective exercise that you enjoy is good
  • Aim for at least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity on 5 days a week (or 150 minutes a week). Examples of moderate aerobic activity are brisk walking, general gardening, slower cycling, water aerobics, medium paced swimming and ballroom dancing
  • For more health benefits / weight loss, increase your aerobic activity to 60 minutes or do more vigorous aerobic activity. Examples of more vigorous aerobic activity are jogging/running, football aerobics, circuit training, faster cycling, swimming lengths, tennis, heavy gardening, hill walking

What else should I do?

  •  Wear well-fitted, cushioned shoes or trainers
  • Before and after exercise check that your blood glucose is normal if you are taking insulin or glucose lowering tablets called sulphonylureas (ask your pharmacist)
  • Carry glucose in case of ‘hypos’

No matter which activity you pick, what is important is that you incorporate as much movement as you can into your day.

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