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People with diabetes can keep themselves active as it is one of the best ways to keep your blood sugar in control. It will make you feel better and reduce your risk of complications. 

Exercises can help you to:

Types of exercises you can try:

  • Aerobic exercise eg: brisk walking, swimming, cycling etc
  • Strength straining eg: hand weights, elastic bands etc
  • Keep active throughout the day eg: walk around at home, mopping floor etc
  • Stretching exercises to improve flexibility of joints

How much and how long should I do?

  • Frequency – at least 3 times per week
  • Intensity* – able to talk during exercise
  • Time – at least 20 to 30 minutes each time
  • Types of exercise – choose an exercise that you enjoy doing

What are the types of exercise I should not do?

  • There are certain exercises to avoid if you have diabetes related complications.
  • It is essential to discuss with your diabetes team on the types of exercises suitable to your condition.

How do I take care of my feet when exercising?

  • Wear a comfortable, well-fitting pair of shoes with cotton socks that are designed for the activity you are doing.
  • Check your feet before and after each exercise.
  • Seek medical treatment as soon as possible if you have cuts, sores or blisters on your feet.

* It is advisable to build up the intensity of your exercise slowly. ​


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