A healthy diet and
more exercise are usually the first things you are encouraged to try
in the early stages of type 2 diabetes. But even as the disease
progresses, exercise remains a big part of managing diabetes.
Regular exercise can help you control your blood sugar levels, lose
weight and improve your physical and mental health.
Even a small increase in physical activity can make a difference. If
you have not been active for a while, start with just 5–10 minutes
exercise a day and then add a few minutes each week until you reach
When starting a new routine, find an activity that suits you. This
will make you more likely to stick with it and enjoy the benefits of
an active lifestyle.
Here are some ideas for low-impact activities to help you get
- Stretching and balancing activities like pilates increase
flexibility and strength and can prepare you for other activities,
- Tai chi builds upper body strength, reduces
stiffness and combines mindfulness to help you stay focused
- Dancing is an aerobic activity: it raises your heart rate, burns
calories and fat and can support cardiovascular health
- Exercising with weights can build strength and help with weight
loss. If you are not experienced, do not try this without
- Walking or hiking are enjoyable ways to spend
time with friends or family – just make sure you wear suitable
- Swimming is easy on the joints and works all the main
No matter which activity you pick, what is important is that you
incorporate as much movement as you can into your day. Just remember
to exercise safely - check with your doctor before you start any
exercise more strenuous than a walking programme.