6 Exercises for People Living with Diabetes

Exercise is commonly recommended for people living with diabetes. To help maintain optimal health and keep symptoms in check, here are 6 exercises that can help you fight fat, increase muscle mass, improve balance, and reduce stress.


Walking is a low impact activity with major long-term benefits. Putting one foot in front of the other is an effective way to increase circulation and stay within a healthy weight range. Walking 30 minutes a day is a great way to improve your health and enjoy the outdoors.


Swimming is also a low impact exercise that most people can do that feels good and does not put too much pressure on joints. What's more, swimming in a heated pool has been known to increase circulation and tissue healing. Find a local pool or swim group near you. 


Regular yoga sessions can help reduce stress levels, enhance mobility, lower blood pressure, and improve overall feelings of well-being. 

Tai Chi

Tai Chi improves balance and may help reduce nerve damage or neuropathy, which is common among people living with diabetes.

Weight Training

Training with weights helps build and maintain strength and muscle mass which can burn calories, improve mobility, and help your body maintain a healthy weight. Increased muscle mass may impact how your body manages blood sugar levels. 

Stationary Bike

Stationary cycling is a convenient way to burn calories. Riding a bike can help to increase cardiovascular health, burn calories, and boost circulation.




Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your healthcare provider.