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What Exercises Are Best?

Any type of exercise is beneficial, however the Canadian Diabetes Association recommends two different types for people with diabetes: aerobics and resistance.


Aerobic exercise

  • Continuous
  • Uses your whole body
  • Improves breathing and heart rate
  • Examples: fast walking, hiking, jogging, swimming laps, dancing, hockey, skiing

Resistance exercise

  • Various body movements with strong contractions
  • Builds muscle strength, endurance, coordination and balance
  • Examples: weight lifting, weight machines

Both types of exercise could help to lower your blood glucose readings on their own, but combining them could bring your readings even lower.

How much should you be doing?

If you're not used to exercising regularly, start slowly and increase your activity a little bit each day.

You'll be surprised by how quickly you will build up to 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic exercise, as well as resistance training 2 to 3 times a week (weight lifting or weight machines), the recommended amount for people with diabetes.

Set achievable goals for yourself and increase your workouts by 5 to 10 minutes a week. You can also increase the duration of your workout by adding exercises or by increasing the number of repetitions or sets of each exercise. You'll be up to the recommended amount in no time!