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Sport and exercise

Keeping active and taking part in sport is an important part of your diabetes management (as well as being a typical Aussie pastime). Try and make time for regular physical activity—whether it’s at the gym, going for a walk with the dog, or kicking a footy on the oval with friends.

Why be active?

Being active can help you:

  • maintain a healthy weight
  • sleep better
  • stay positive and feel good about yourself
  • meet new friends
  • relieve stress
  • better manage your diabetes.

Things to consider

There are some things you need to consider about exercising and diabetes.

Don’t exercise if you are sick—this will only put pressure on your body and your diabetes. You need to focus on getting well first. Read more about sick days.

Recommended amounts of exercise—try and do some physical activity any time you are willing and able! You need to work out what your goals are.

How often do I exercise? Aim to do at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise every day and resistance exercise at least 2-3 times a week.

Remember to test your blood glucose levels before and after you exercise. It may be necessary to eat something before exercise and have a snack when you finish. Have someone you are exercising with know what to do if you have a hypo.

Suitable types of physical activity

There are lots of different ways of staying active. Try to vary what you do and you’ll be less likely to get bored and more likely to stick with a fitness program. Here’s a selection of activities you could do: walking, jogging, cycling, dancing, aerobics, and even household chores, such as gardening and cleaning!

More information and support

Diabetes Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this Country. We recognise their connection to land, waters, winds and culture. We pay the upmost respect to them, their cultures and to their Elders, past and present. We are committed to improving health outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by diabetes and those at risk.

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