Adding more physical activity to your day is one of the most important things you can do to help manage your diabetes and improve your health. The Canadian Diabetes Association recommends getting 150 minutes of aerobic activity and three sessions of resistance activity each week. Find out more about the exercises you can do and how you can stay motivated.
  • Everyone benefits from regular exercise. For people with diabetes, regular physical activity can improve your body’s sensitivity to insulin and help manage your blood glucose (sugar) levels.
  • During a physical activity, active muscles use glucose as energy and help to prevent glucose (sugar) from building up in your blood. Learn more about the benefits of physical activity.
  • The Canadian Diabetes Association recommends getting 150 minutes of aerobic activity a week. Here are some tips for incorporating physical activity into all aspects of your life.
  • Setting SMART goals can be the key to maintaining an active lifestyle and reaching your goals.
  • Getting regular physical activity can start with a simple walking plan. When you're ready, gradually increase your frequency, intensity and time of walking.
  • As you progress in your aerobic exercises, you can increase your frequency, intensity and duration to improve your cardiovascular fitness.
  • Resistance exercise uses muscles that are rarely used and helps maintain or increase lean muscle, which makes it important for weight control and diabetes management.
  • Learn about some introductory resistance exercises and find a progression plan to help you meet the recommendation of resistance activity three times a week.
  • Sometimes, changing your thoughts about barriers to physical activity is all you need to get going.