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Safe Exercises for People Living with Diabetes

Your body will benefit from regular exercise in many ways: weight loss, stronger bones, improved blood pressure control, lower risk of heart disease and cancer, and more energy during the day. If you're living with diabetes, regular exercise can also improve how effectively your body can use insulin and help you manage your blood glucose readings.


If you haven't exercised in a while, brisk walking, gardening and other similar activities are okay to start with, but for anything more strenuous, consult with your doctor or other healthcare professional first.

In order to exercise safely, remember to always:

  • Wear comfortable, proper-fitting shoes.
  • Wear something that identifies you as someone with diabetes (like a bracelet or necklace) and inform the people you exercise with (for example, your fitness class or yoga instructor or the pool lifeguard) that you have diabetes.
  • Listen to your body. If you start experiencing shortness of breath or have chest pains, don't push it: Stop and speak to your doctor.
  • Monitor your blood glucose before exercise, during exercise and several hours after your activity. This will help you become familiar with how it affects your blood glucose readings.
  • Carry some form of fast-acting carbohydrate with you, like glucose tablets (the preferred option) or hard candy in case you need to treat low blood glucose (hypoglycemia).