How much is enough?
Your goal should be to complete at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise each week (e.g. 30 minutes, five days a week). Start slowly and safely, with as little as five to 10 minutes of exercise per day, gradually building up to your goal.
If you are able and when you are ready, try adding resistance exercises like lifting weights three times a week.
Remember: Safety 1st!
If you have been inactive for some time, talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program that is more strenuous than brisk walking.
• Make sure you wear comfortable, proper-fitting shoes.
• Wear your MedicAlert® bracelet or necklace.
• Listen to your body. Speak to your doctor if you are very short of breath or have chest pain.
People using insulin or medications that could lower blood sugars should monitor their levels before, during and many hours after exercise to evaluate exercise affected your blood glucose control. Carry some form of fast-acting carbohydrate with you in case you need to treat low blood glucose (hypoglycemia), for example, glucose tablets or a juice.
Most importantly, have fun!