What is Exercise?

1Many people with diabetes spend years avoiding exercise because of concerns about hypos. Others worry about their ability to perform exercise and have feelings of shame and embarrassment. Don’t!


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 Frisbee

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!