How much exercise is recommended for someone with diabetes?

There are a lot of factors that go into determining how much exercise is recommended for a particular individual who has been diagnosed with diabetes. Needless to say, factors such as age, overall health status, and current weight all need to be taken into consideration before a specific exercise regimen can be recommended. However, for the purposes of our conversation, let's outline a couple quick and easy things that practically anybody who has diabetes can do to improve their health.

First and foremost, if you have the ability to walk, start doing more of it. In other words, take every opportunity possible to get up and walk around. The reason why this is so important is because walking will help boost your metabolism. Not to mention, exercise will also naturally help your body process the sugar that you may have consumed during a meal. That's why so many health professionals oftentimes recommend taking a short walk after meals.

Something else you can start doing is watching what you eat. Needless to say, if you don't enjoy exercise, then the least you can do is watch how much food you're consuming on a daily basis. This is not about starving yourself, or about feeling hungry all the time, it has more to do with monitoring how many carbohydrate you're consuming at any one meal.

To the extent you're somebody who enjoys the idea of socializing while exercising, then perhaps you can join a gym, or alternatively, you can join an exercise club that meets regularly in your area. Not only will this provide you with an opportunity to interact with other people, but it will also provide a form of incentive to show up and actually get some exercise done on a regular basis.

At the end of the day, it's impossible to generalize about exactly how much exercise is recommended for any one specific person who happens to have diabetes. However, we can use a little bit of common sense to come to the conclusion that we should be exercising more and paying closer attention to the types of food we are eating on a regular basis.


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