Exercise and diabetes
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.