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Let’s Get Active

Physical activity is a non-structured daily activity. The World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed physical inactivity as the leading cause of death around the world!

diabetes and physical activity

Anyone can be active. Don’t sit for more than 20 minutes. Learn to walk, stretch, stand, climb stairs – in short, move your body.

Exercise is a formal type of physical activity that is structured, which means you follow a programme with a specific goal. You need to pick a type, a time and an achievable goal.

There are various types of exercise

Did you know that exercise can…

  • Improve your mood
  • Tighten your skin
  • Boost your energy levels
  • Reduce your stress and alleviate depression
  • Lower the risk of all types of cancers, heart conditions, lung disease, gastrointestinal symptoms and many more
  • Improve your sexual health
  • Assist you in managing your diabetes and stabilising your blood sugar levels
  • Help you sleep better
  • Increase your strength and confidence
  • Improve your bone health, reduce osteoporosis and strengthen your joints

Ways to increase your physical activity (start right now):

  • Do your own household chores
  • Do your own food shopping and take the cart to the car
  • Park the car far from your destination
  • Get up and stretch or walk away from your desk every 20-30 minutes
  • Go to the mall after work and walk a little
  • Walk to the mosque for prayer and take some extra walking time before coming home
  • Use a pedometer to monitor your step count
  • Do your own gardening
  • Take the stairs

Here are some exercises that anyone can do without a risk of injury or hypoglycaemia:

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