Exercising with Diabetes


Being diabetic and exercising can cause worry due to not knowing how your body will respond. Learning about your body can help manage those worries around exercise, alongside regular blood sugar level checks (before, during and after exercise).

Small changes to day to day life can ease you into exercise. For example:

  • Taking the stairs
  • Parking further away
  • Regular desk based exercises
  • Standing more (limit time sat down)
  • Stretching

More advanced exercise could include:

  • Resistance training
  • Swimming
  • Yoga/Pilates
  • Walking/running
  • Light sport

Benefits to a diabetic becoming more active include:

  • The body utilising insulin more efficiently
  • Weight control
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased energy

Borderline diabetics can reduce the chances of developing type 2 diabetes by participating in physical activity, consuming a balanced diet and getting 7-9 hours sleep per night (WebMD, 2020).

If you would like assistance, or advice on which exercise would best suit your condition, our Exercise Referral service can provide you with further information and support from one of our qualified Fitness Instructors. Contact the Wellbeing Centre directly for more information.