Diabetes

Frequently Asked Questions

18. What types of exercise should I do, and how often?

People with diabetes should

Try to exercise almost every day for a total of about 30 minutes. If you haven't exercised lately, begin slowly. Start with 5 to 10 minutes, and then add more time. Or exercise for 10 minutes, three times a day. (Tip: you don’t need to get your exercise in all at one time.)

For more information on exercise and older adults, see Exercises To Try or visit Go4Life®, the exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging.

Always talk with a doctor before starting a new physical activity program.