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The diabetes education staff of Diabetes Management & Supplies advocates a good mix of diet and exercise to help control blood sugar. People living with diabetes should try to set a goal of 150 minutes of exercise per week. A good rule of thumb is to exercise five days a week for 30-minute sessions.
If you are having trouble committing to 30 minutes at a time, experts advise doing aerobic activity for periods of 10 minutes or longer at a time. You can spread these sessions out over the week.
Physical activity tips
- Nibble on an exercise snack. Plan to do at least 10 minutes of physical activity three times a day on 5 or more days a week. This will help you meet the 150-minute goal. While at work, take a brief walking break. Use the stairs. Get off the bus one stop early. Go dancing with friends. Whether for a short or long period, bursts of activity may add up to the total amount of physical activity you need each week.
- Strengthen your muscles at least twice a week. Do push-ups or pull-ups, lift weights, do heavy gardening, or work with rubber resistance bands.
- Shake it up! If you are sitting at the TV or a desk for long periods of time, take breaks to be more active. Do jumping jacks while ads are on, stand up while talking on the phone, or take short walking breaks whenever possible.
For more on mapping out your exercise routine, check out the Physical Activity Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Diabetes Management & Supplies offers diabetes self-management and diabetes education services. For more information on specific exercise needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929.