What kind of exercise for diabetes

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-08-2008
What kind of exercise for diabetes
Mon, 08-19-2013 - 10:58am

What kind of exercise is best for diabetics? The doctor told my husband to exercise but didn't say what to do or how much to do so we would appreciate some information.


Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998
Fri, 08-23-2013 - 10:17pm

Kay, It is recommended that diabetics get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week. It can be anything that you and your husband find pleasant but start slowly and build it up. It isn't reasonable to think that you can do 150 minutes the first week.

Cheryl and Nancy and I have fitbits and we log our exercise each evening and once a week we get a report as to how we are all doing. Right now I am not doing well because I had some minor surgery last week and I am not supposed to do anything strenous. I was about get back into the swing of things and yesterday I came down with a sore throat, a cough and laryngitis. I did go for a little walk today outside and I am really beat. So get your husband started and you can go with him and enjoy some time together which both of you get healthier.

The other goal that you hear about is walking 10,000 steps per day. My cardiologist doesn't want me doing that much and when I do my knee kills me. I am supposed to walk 7000 steps per day which equals about 21 miles per week.

As I said earlier you have to build up to this level. So get started!!

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-10-2003
Wed, 08-28-2013 - 1:21pm

There are a number of pedometers out there, but some shut off a lot of the time and dont save the data.  There is an Omron one that you can get that does link to a computer program.  The fitbit is also a  good tool. The fitbit also has several different types one is more just a pedometer.  But any of these can help nudge you do try to do more and will let you know when you are really slacking off.  Like I have been lately!!  

There are lots of kinds of exercise. If you are in the US and on medicare withsome programs you have access to the silver sneakers program. That will pay your fees at for instance  YMCA's and if you are in the silver sneakers program you have access to a large number of different facilities thruout the US.