Physical Activity May Help Manage Your Diabetes

Exercise is an important part of your diabetes treatment plan. Being more active each day may help you better manage your diabetes. It may help you:

Getting active can be simple and fun

Try to do a total of at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, at least 3 days a week.

Here are some ideas to get you moving:

  • Walk with a friend. Time can pass quickly as you talk. You may be less likely to skip your walk if you know that someone is counting on you.
  • Clean your house. Dusting, vacuuming, scrubbing floors, and washing windows will help you burn calories.
  • Mow the lawn. If you can, use a push mower to burn calories as you groom your yard.
  • Try a grocery relay. Carry grocery bags into the house 1 at a time.
  • Enjoy playtime. Take your kids or grandkids to the playground and join the fun.
  • Take the stairs. Go up and down the stairs instead of taking the elevator or escalator.
  • Swim and splash. Take a water aerobics class or swim laps.

Daily activity checklist

Keep track of your activity, whatever level you are working toward. Use a notebook, calendar, spreadsheet, cell phone, or online activity tracker to log your progress.

Activity Minutes Spent Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
Mowed lawn
Raked lawn
Put away groceries
Played ball with kids or grandkids


Always talk to your health care provider before starting or changing a physical activity plan.

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