Almost everyone, whether or not they have diabetes, benefits from regular exercise.

Well-known health benefits include weight loss, stronger bones, improved blood pressure control, lower rates of heart disease and cancer as well as increased energy levels.

What are the short-term benefits of increasing my physical activity?

  • Lowers your blood glucose within one hour.
  • Gives you more energy and strength during the day.
  • Decreases stress, anxiety, and fatigue.
  • Improves relaxation and sleep.
  • Improves confidence and well-being.
  • Lets you have fun and involve family and friends.

What are the long-term benefits if I keep at it?

  • Improved blood glucose (sugar) control.
  • Helps to maintain or lose weight.
  • Lowered blood pressure.
  • Stronger bones and muscles.
  • Lower risk of diabetes complications such as eye, heart, and kidney disease.
  • Improved quality of life.

Regardless of your age, making the decision to become more physically active is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and the people who love you. Take that first step today!