Most people understand that physical activity is an important part of managing diabetes, and promoting overall good health. However, getting started can be challenging, especially when trying to figure out what type of physical activity is best. Here we outline the different categories of physical activity, and the recommended amounts of each type, and provide suggestions for incorporating physical activity into your daily routine. If you don’t currently exercise or are minimally active, get your doctor’s approval and begin activity gradually.
|Activity Type||Examples||How much?||Potential Benefits|
| ||At least 150 minutes per week, which is 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week; in bouts of at least 10 minutes|| |
| ||At least 2 times per week||Improved: |
|FLEXIBILITY|| ||4-7 days per week |
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In addition to the outlined benefits, ALL forms of physical activity may help reduce stress, improve mental health and sleep – benefits that ANYONE can appreciate! For people with diabetes in particular, regular physical activity improves the body’s sensitivity to insulin and helps manage blood glucose levels.