Exercising to Fight Diabetes

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, being active is a great addition to your daily regime. When it comes to being active, how active are you on a weekly basis?

While people may add exercising to their schedule to ad in weight loss, being active is important for fighting off serious health conditions too. If you are at risk of developing diabetes, then choosing an activity that will not only keep you engaged and moving is the first step in staying healthy.

Read more to find out more information about diabetes and how staying active is the key to preventing it.


First, it is important to understand diabetes and the two different types. Diabetes is the body’s inability to process insulin properly. There are two types: type 1 and type 2.

Type 1 diabetes is known as juvenile diabetes and is normally diagnosed at a young age (either as children or young adults).  In this type of diabetes, the body does not produce insulin so this type requires insulin therapy.

Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes, in which the body is resistant to insulin. This type of diabetes is most commonly formed because of an unhealthy lifestyle.


If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, you have the potential to reverse the potential of your body developing into full type 2 diabetes. This is when exercise and diet is very important.  With over 86 million people suffering from pre-diabetes, it is possible for all of them to return their sugar levels to a healthy level and to live a life without diabetes. 


Whether you are familiar with various fitness activities, or you are trying them out for the first time, there are variety of ways that you can get yourself active.

Below is a list of activities that you can engage in to help boost your exercise regime and help fight diabetes. 

  • Using the elliptical- for those that battle with joint and muscle aches, using the treadmill or going on long runs may not be realistic. Choosing to use the elliptical is a great way to get back into active mode, while working towards a healthy weight.

  • Push ups- one the greatest options when it comes to exercising, is ways to workout out without equipment! You can do them in the morning, at work or right before bed.

  • Lunges- another great exercise that you can do whenever and wherever. The lunge not only engaged our leg muscles but also helps with our core (stomach region) as well as helping with coordination. 

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