Diabetes Self-Management Articles

Exercise has many benefits, including controlling weight, reducing stress, and keeping blood glucose in check. The articles in this section show you ways to make physical activity a part of your daily routine. They also give practical tips for staying motivated, exercising with an insulin pump, and preventing hypoglycemia and other problems.


Accessible Exercise and Recreation by Andrew Leibs

Getting regular physical activity can be a difficult part of managing diabetes, especially if you are more used to being sedentary. However, making the effort to be active is worth it. Fortunately, a boom in accessible recreation has provided opportunities…


All About Walking by Quinn Phillips

Walking is the most popular form of exercise in the United States and throughout most of the world. Regular walking has been linked to significant health benefits, including weight loss, reduced cardiovascular risk, and reduced risk of cancer…


Biking 101 by Marie Spano, MS, RD

Are you tired of pedaling a stationary bike or an elliptical machine? Are you in search of a little adventure? If so, maybe you’re ready to get outside and try real biking. Don’t worry if several years have passed since you last rode a bike. As the saying goes, “You never forget how to ride a bicycle…”

Also inside: For More Cycling Information, Getting the Right Fit

Burning Fat Through Exercise by Richard Weil, M.Ed., C.D.E.

Fat is a national obsession. Virtually everyone is concerned about how “fat” they are. It’s the hottest topic in the medical literature and at scientific conferences. And government health agencies are spending tens of millions of…


Exercise Myths and Facts by Richard Weil, MEd, CDE

Are you confused by all the exercise advice out there? To set the record straight and help you exercise safely, here are the facts — nothing but the facts — behind some of the most common exercise myths…


Exercising With an Insulin Pump by Sheri Colberg, PhD

Whether you consider yourself an athlete or an occasional recreational sports participant, you benefit from any activity that you do, because all exercise can improve your body’s ability to use insulin. If you do not inject or infuse insulin to treat…

Also inside: Sample Basal Profiles

Get Moving With Yoga by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

Popular images of yoga often show a sinewy person folded, pretzel-like, into a joint-defying pose, perhaps while balancing on one leg, to boot. While impressive, such images often scare people away from the very practice they are promoting or celebrating, namely yoga. That’s unfortunate, because yoga has benefits for everyone, no matter how flexible or sinewy…

Also inside: Types of Yoga

Getting Started Exercising by Alwa Cooper

Regular exercise is good for everyone. If you’ve never been active or haven’t been in many years, take a look at these resources to help you take the next step…


Increasing Insulin Sensitivity by Sheri R. Colberg, PhD

Insulin is a hormone that is normally released by the beta cells of the pancreas. When a person’s pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to sustain good health, insulin can be injected into the body with a needle or infused with a pump.

One of…

Also inside: Exercise Plan for Optimal Insulin Action, Insulin Sensitizers in Brief

Keeping Active With Diabetes and Arthritis by Kristina Ernst, RN, CDE, and Marian A. Minor, PT, PhD

Daily physical activity is essential for good health and blood glucose control in people with diabetes. But what if you also have arthritis? One in five American adults has been diagnosed with arthritis, and half of all adults with diagnosed diabetes also have arthritis…

Also inside: Exercise Resources

Making Exercise More Fun by Richard M. Weil, MEd, CDE

Just about everyone knows that exercise is a healthy thing to do. Regular exercise helps control blood glucose levels, reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke, helps control high blood pressure, strengthens and tones muscles, improves balance, burns…

Also inside: Tips for Getting Started

More Movement is NEAT! by Leila Finn

The scientific term for the energy a person expends on everyday activities is non-exercise activity thermogenesis, or NEAT. “Expending energy” is another way to say “burning calories,” so doing more “NEAT activities” may help with weight maintenance as well as improved overall health…

Also inside: Movement Resources

Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and Physical Activity by Richard M. Weil, MEd, CDE

It’s no coincidence that the rate of Type 2 diabetes is
rising as rapidly as the rate of obesity in the United States. The two
are strongly related: The heavier people are, the more likely they are
to develop diabetes. So…

Also inside: Body-Mass Index

Physical Activity by Patti Geil, MS, RD, CDE, and Laura Hieronymus, MSEd, APRN, BC-ADM, CDE

“The only exercise some people get is jumping to conclusions.”

—Fred Allen

If jumping to conclusions is your only form of physical activity, you are overlooking one of the top tools available to improve your diabetes control! Healthful eating…

Also inside: Risky Business?, Step It Up!

Picking the Right Activity to Meet Your Fitness Goals by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

If you have not exercised in a while, getting moving again can seem intimidating, especially if you equate working out with performing a punishing routine in a gym full of super-fit people. In reality, though, there are many different reasons to exercise…

Also inside: Exercise Help

Planning an Active Summer by Richard M. Weil, MEd, CDE

With summer just around the corner, now’s the time to start planning how to take advantage of the longer days and warmer temperatures. In particular, it’s time to start thinking about how you will stay active this summer…

Also inside: Choosing Footwear, Getting Out And About, Walking Tips, Weekly Walking Program, Weekly Stationary Bike Program

So You Think You Can’t Dance? by Sheila A. Ward, PhD, MPH

Perhaps you’ve never pictured yourself as a dancer, but the fact is that you don’t have to have Bill’s fancy footwork, Ginger’s grace, or Gene’s rhythm to have a whole lot of fun and enjoy the very real health benefits of dancing…

Also inside: Chair and Wheelchair Dancing

Staying Active as a Family by Laura Hieronymus, MSEd, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, and Lindsay Hieronymus

It is no secret that exercise and physical activity can help keep the body in a healthier state. With all the benefits for people with and without diabetes, doesn’t it make sense to make engaging in physical activity a family affair?

Also inside: How One Family Got Active, Take-Away Activity Tips

Teeing Up for a Healthy Heart by Christopher X. Shade

No matter what type of diabetes you have, golf can be the exercise the doctor ordered. Even if you don’t currently play golf but think you might like to, it’s never too late to start…I have Type 1 diabetes, and like all people with diabetes, I’ve heard from my doctor about the importance of exercising and staying in good physical shape. The good news: No matter what type of diabetes you have, golf can be the exercise the doctor ordered…

Also inside: Golfing With Disabilities, Injury Prevention Resources

The Great Blood Glucose Balancing Act by Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE

Recently, I saw two very different clients with a very similar problem: difficulty controlling blood glucose levels during physical activity…

Also inside: Adjusting Premeal Insulin for Activity, Carbohydrate Needed per Hour of Activity

Training for a Walkathon by Werner W.K. Hoeger, EdD

Starting and sticking to an exercise program is not an easy task. About half of the people who start an exercise program give it up within the first six months, including those who take up walking for exercise. One way to raise your chances of keeping…

Also inside: Walking With a Purpose, Twelve-Week 5K Walkathon Training Program, Measuring Your Pulse, Rating of Perceived Exertion Scale, Stretches for Walkers

Yoga by Susan Shaw

I gathered my legs underneath me to get off the floor, like a minute-old foal finding out what her body is for. Emotionally, I was flying. And, unexpectedly, I had been crying. I had discovered how to live inside my body with gentleness.

How did…

Also inside: Yoga Resources

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