Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), staying physically active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for people with type 2 diabetes. But becoming more physically active does not mean doing difficult exercises or enduring boring workouts. People of all ages—with or without type 2 diabetes—can benefit from regular activities. Learn more about how to integrate exercise into your life in this section. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting or changing your exercise level.

Everyday Activities

The good news is that you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of exercise.  People who have diabetes—and those who don’t—can add these simple activities to their fitness routine.

Finding the Right Activities

How do you know which physical activities are right for you? Find the ideal activities to match your interests.

Swimming Exercises

Don’t let extra weight, joint problems, or a dislike for sweat hold you back from regular activity! The pool might be the place for you.

Get Fit With Your TV

No matter what the weather is outside, you can still target major muscle groups and get your heart pumping to make sure you get the exercise you need to manage type 2 diabetes. And you can fit it in while watching your favorite TV programs!

Healthy Weight

A well-balanced diet, exercise, and a healthy weight can help lower your blood sugar level. But how do you know what your healthy weight is? And who can help you achieve it?

Know Your Numbers

Check out these interactive tools that can help you calculate your current—and target—healthy weight range, body mass index, target heart rate, and more.

30 Ways to Reach 30 Minutes of Exercise

Phone calls. Groceries. Family time. They can all count toward your goal of 30 minutes of exercise a day.