Do you get enough exercise? If you’re like many Americans, the answer is no — and that’s especially true for those of us with diabetes. Studies show as few as 39 percent of people with type 2 diabetes participate in regular physical activity, compared with 58 percent of other Americans. And that’s a shame, because working out can help increase insulin action and keep blood sugars in check, says Sheri Colberg-Ochs, PhD, a professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Exercise also helps you lose weight and improve balance, important because many people with type 2 diabetes are at risk for obesity and for falls, Colberg-Ochs says.
Here are six great workouts you can easily work into your daily routine. Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen, and go slowly at first. Over time, you can increase the length and intensity of your exercise routine.