Getting Active

Why be active?

Regular physical activity will improve your blood glucose control. You will also feel better in body and spirit.

The Canadian Diabetes Association's Clinical Practice Guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week for adults between the ages of 18 and 64. This is the same recommendation that is made by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

With regular physical activity, you can also maintain a healthy body weight.

The benefits

The benefits of being physically active increase the more you do. It does not matter what your starting point is. Talk to your health care team about the right starting point for you.

This chart shows how regular exercise helps keep your heart healthy and manages your diabetes.

As soon as you exercise Long-term benefits of exercise
Exercise lowers your blood glucose within 1 hour Your blood glucose improves over time
Your mood, sleep patterns, and
energy level improves
You reduce your body fat
Your body puts insulin (your own or prescribed) to better use You help to keep your pancreas, kidneys, eyes, and nerves healthy