Regular exercise can help to manage your blood glucose. It can also help to manage weight and may also reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, and promote overall health.
At least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic activity per week as well as two sessions of strength training a week is advised.
If you’re sedentary and considering starting an exercise programme, it’s a good idea to consult with a doctor first, to make sure there are no restrictions or special precautions. It’s always a good idea to start gradually and build up to your personal goal.
If you have a pair of supportive shoes and a safe place to walk, you can start today. In fact, you can meet your recommended minimum target for aerobic fitness by going for a brisk 30-minute walk five days a week.
If you have lower joint pain, arthritis, or neuropathy, consider choosing low-impact exercise, such as cycling, swimming and rebounding/trampolining. These can help you meet your fitness goals while minimising strain on your joints.
Online and app-supported exercise programmes have grown in popularity recently, especially over the last year. Try online classes to find out what you like and what works to get you moving.
If you find it hard to motivate yourself to exercise, it might help to join a recreational sports team. The opportunity to socialise with team mates and the commitment you make to them might help you find the motivation you need to show up each week.
Regular physical activity is important, not only for managing Type 2 diabetes but also for promoting your overall health.
If you have any other health conditions in addition to Type 2 diabetes, talk to your doctor before starting a new fitness routine. They can help you learn how to stay safe and minimise your risk of injury, while meeting your fitness goals.
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