Exercise means doing an activity that increases your heart and breathing rates. The trick is to find something that (a) you can achieve and (b) you are likely to enjoy. The “ideal” amount is 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week but as a basic rule some exercise is always better than no exercise!
All of the following are “exercise”:
Walking the dog
Playing outdoors with the children
The key is doing something that increases your heart rate and your breathing rate.
For some people with arthritis and other mobility problems you should always start to exercise gradually. Even if you are unable to walk you can still exercise in a chair at home!
Our aim at Excarbs.com is to help people with diabetes using insulin to feel comfortable with taking up exercise – our advice is not aimed at elite athletes but hopefully covers the basic rules for most people living with diabetes.
Remember that if exercise is sustained you will become much more sensitive to the effect of insulin and the dose needed will fall which is a really good result!