Sport doesn’t have to be top level sport
Sport is healthy; however, top sport is not. Remember, a top athlete has to get the maximum out of his/her body every day. They train, recover and train all over again (until the competition takes place). Sooner or later a top athlete pays the price. That is not the case for everyday exercise, even structured exercise. That’s just healthy!
At least half an hour a day
The rule of thumb is, exercise at least half an hour a day. Start slowly, build it up and avoid injury. The good news is that you can add up all your physical activity during the course of a day. For example, if you have cycled for twenty minutes and go for a ten minute walk later in the day, then you have exercised for half an hour.
Specific benefits of exercise for diabetes.
With diabetes, exercising keeps you fitter overall. The blood sugar can be kept more stable so there is less chance of additional physical complications from the diabetes. Often less medication is needed.
Try to be as active as possible, make it part of your normal daily life. Do you have to take the car to go shopping or could you cycle instead? Taking the lift or escalator is perhaps convenient, but taking the stairs is much healthier. Even at your desk, there are a number of exercises you can do.
If you don’t know exactly what type of exercise is suitable for you, your healthcare professional can help.