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How much exercise should you get if you have diabetes?

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Get about 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per day, 5 days a week. You've got so many options. You could swim laps, dance around your dining room, shoot hoops, or take a hike. Choose something that makes your heart beat faster but doesn't take you to your limits.

Start slowly -- something as simple as a 15-minute walk twice a day is good at first. You can make your workouts longer and tougher over time. If you're not active now, check with your doctor first.

From: Your Diabetes Exercise Checklist WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "2014 Standards of Care," "Foot Care."

CDC: "Be Active," "Overcoming Barriers to Physical Activity."  

Marjorie Cypress, PhD, RN, president, Healthcare and Education, American Diabetes Association.

Johns Hopkins Health Alerts: "Diabetes and Exercise -- Keeping Your Blood Glucose Levels in Check  ."

Mayo Clinic: "Diabetes and exercise: When to monitor blood sugar."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 14, 2017

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "2014 Standards of Care," "Foot Care."

CDC: "Be Active," "Overcoming Barriers to Physical Activity."  

Marjorie Cypress, PhD, RN, president, Healthcare and Education, American Diabetes Association.

Johns Hopkins Health Alerts: "Diabetes and Exercise -- Keeping Your Blood Glucose Levels in Check  ."

Mayo Clinic: "Diabetes and exercise: When to monitor blood sugar."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 14, 2017

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