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Exercise with diabetes: workout tips to boost activity

You don't have to join a gym to increase your exercise. With diabetes, every bit of activity counts. Explore this diabetes workout infographic for quick ways to boost activity that you can do at home or anywhere.

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Infographic showing exercise tips and benefits of activity for people with diabetes

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Staying Active

The easy, 15-minute routine you can do at home:

  • Stretching gets your body ready for exercise. Try toe-touches or lunges for 1 minute.
  • Arm circles build strength. Hold your arms straight out to your sides, then make 25 small and 25 large circles. Try to keep your shoulders down.
  • Calf raises are an easy strength-building and toning exercise for everything from the waist down. Start with 20 for each workout.
  • Run in place to get your heart pumping for 10 minutes. Add jumping jacks for a fun alternative.

What staying active does for people with diabetes:

Increases:

  • Quality of sleep
  • Self-esteem
  • Energy
  • Heart health
  • Insulin sensitivity
  • Weight loss

Decreases:

  • Glucose production from the liver
  • Stress
  • Circulating insulin
  • Joint pain
  • Cholesterol
  • Fatigue
  • Blood pressure

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