Exercise for People With Diabetes

Everybody benefits from exercise. If you have diabetes, or at risk of diabetes, exercise along with controlled diet plays an important role in keeping you healthy.

Benefits of exercises:

  • Exercises help Insulin to work better, which will improve your diabetes management by lowering blood glucose levels
  • Improve mood and sleep
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Reduces your risk of heart and blood vessel diseases
  • Reduces stress and tension
  • Improve mental health
  • Improve muscle mass and bone density

Exercise programs: Basically anything that gets you moving.


What’s available at Ellenbrook Physiotherapy? 

  • Range of Pilates classes
  • 1:1 Pilates/Gym sessions
  • Individualized exercise programs
  • Weight/Resistance training
  • Hydrotherapy – water based exercises

Some other suggestions of physical activities that you can participate in:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Water aerobics
  • Cycling/exercise bike
  • Dancing
  • Gardening

Some exercise tips for people with diabetes:

  • You can get the most benefit from exercises when combined with healthy eating
  • Before you start exercising, make sure you have a health check with your GP
  • Check your blood glucose levels before and after exercise to see how the exercise you are doing affects you
  • If your blood glucose levels are above the normal range, increase your fluid intake to stay hydrated when doing exercise
  • If you are unwell and your blood glucose levels are high, avoid exercising until your blood glucose levels have returned to the normal range
  • Always take hypoglycaemia treatment with you if you take insulin

Raj Kaur

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