What are some outdoor exercises I can do if I have diabetes?

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If you have diabetes, first talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise program. There are many exercises you can perform outside such as walking, hiking, cycling, or Tai Chi. When performing any of these activities proper foot care is extremely important especially if you have lost sensation in your feet (peripheral neuropathy). Start slow and gradually progress the duration of your exercise routine striving for 150 minutes of activity per week.

Here are some ideas for outdoor exercise:
  • Walking -- The cheapest and simplest way to exercise is putting one foot in front of the other. All you need is a pair of sturdy, well-fitted shoes.
  • Gardening -- Pull some weeds or plant some flowers.
  • Hiking -- You don't need to climb Mount Everest to enjoy the benefit of walking in the woods. Don't forget to bring a snack and wear layers.
  • Frisbee -- Who knew throwing around a disk could be so much fun (and so cheap!)?
  • Swimming -- You don't need to do the 100-meter butterfly to enjoy the benefits of swimming. Even treading water or kicking your feet along the side of the pool will give you a good workout.
  • Boating -- Canoeing or kayaking in your community or on your next vacation is a great way to see the sights from another angle.
  • Playing -- Take your kids or grandkids to the park. Climb on the ladders or swing across the monkey bars with them. Play tag or hide-and-seek.

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