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Many people say being more active gives them more energy, keeps them mobile, reduces their stress and helps them sleep better.

If you are trying to lose some weight then being more active will help you lose weight too.

When you have diabetes, being more active will:

  • Reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce your cholesterol levels
  • Make your bones stronger

What is physical activity?

Physical activity means any form of activity that makes your heart beat faster. This includes:

  • Dog walking
  • Gardening
  • Walking to shops
  • Housework
  • Dancing
  • Going to the gym
  • Swimming
  • Bowling

You should try and do 30 minutes of physical activity on at least five days a week.

If you cannot manage 30 minutes of activity in one go, you can do 10 minutes of activity three times a day. Remember that any extra activity you do will help to improve your health, even vacuuming or DIY.

One way of achieving enough daily activity is to take 10,000 steps a day. Why not think about buying a pedometer or using a health app to see how many steps you take?

More information

Diabetes structured education can help you learn more about your diet and managing your diabetes. Education courses are available across Worcestershire and you can also ask your GP or practice nurse to provide you with a login for Mapmydiabetes.