Top 7 Exercises for People with Diabetes

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By : dLife Editors

As you know, exercising is a key component in managing your diabetes. Not only is it integral to maintaining your blood sugars, but it’s also good for your mind and emotional well-being.

We’ll break down the best exercises for people with diabetes here. Keep reading!



Walking is by far, the simplest form of exercise you can do. Put on your sneakers and head outdoors to gain some fresh air and peace of mind. Explore your neighborhood and you might just run into some hidden gems, like a park or interesting trail that you have never encountered. Invest in a fitness tracker to see your progress and keep you motivated.


Ride a Bike

You may relate bike-riding to your childhood days, but what better way to exercise but to be free and in the outdoors. It’s a great way to get your muscles moving. You can increase or decrease resistance depending on how you feel. If the weather is not good, you can also ride a stationary bike at the local gym.


Learn to Dance

You are never too old to learn how to dance, and you don’t need a dance partner either. Try out a Zumba class at your local gym or fitness center. You will be surprised by how many calories you will burn in such a short amount of time.


Aqua Fitness

Getting in the pool is a great way to exercise, and it’s an especially helpful form of exercise if you have joint problems. Try a class at your local gym or fitness center, you will have a good time and also meet new friends. Be sure to let your instructor know that you have diabetes before joining the class.

Stair Master

Stair Master

Climbing stairs is a good way to burn calories, especially after a meal. You will feel this workout pretty quickly and you will get a better workout in your hamstrings than walking. If you don’t feel like going to the gym to get on a machine, you can climb stairs in the comfort of your own home.


Lift Weights or Dumbbells

Getting some resistance training is an important part of any exercise routine. The best thing about lifting dumbbells is you can choose the amount of weight you are comfortable lifting. If you don’t have any dumbbells at home, you can lift cans or even water bottles. There are other strength training exercises you can do such as leg lifts, squats or lunges.



This centuries-old exercise has many beneficial effects. It’s great for your muscles and keeps you toned and flexible. The various poses and breathing techniques can also be beneficial for your stress and your emotional and mental well-being. Check out your television guide for yoga practices that you can easily tune into for free. Of course, you will also find classes at the gym. Try it out. The best part is that you can move at your own pace.

As always, be sure to consult your CDE or healthcare professional before starting a new exercise regime.

NOTE: The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional or for professional medical advice related to diabetes or another medical condition. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your medical condition.