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Being physically active is very important to help you control your blood glucose. You can jog, walk, bike ride, dance, swim or whatever other workout you feel comfortable doing! Every week, you should aim for 150 minutes of physical activity. This can be broken down into 30 minutes every day for 5 days a week.

If you are diabetic and take insulin please check your blood glucose before exercising to avoid low blood glucose. Consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. If you have questions about managing your exercise routine and insulin regimen please speak to your doctor.

One great way to be active is to walk.
Here are some tips on how to walk more and be safe while walking:

  • Warm up before and after you walk
  • Try to be active 1-3 hours after a meal
    (blood glucose is at its highest)
  • Take the stairs, not the elevator
  • Find a friend, relative, or neighbor to walk with you
  • Walk your dog
  • Wear comfortable shoes and socks when you walk
  • Download a phone application or get a pedometer to record how many steps you are walking
  • Make your coffee breaks a walking break instead
  • Walk back and forth when you are using the phone
  • Park your car a few blocks from where you are going
  • Get off the bus before your usual stop and walk

Move as often as possible!