Exercise can help us feel calmer and more energised, help improve our sleep quality and can also bring down our blood glucose levels. Exercising muscle uses up 7-20 times more glucose per minute than resting muscle.

Exercise can be as simple as aiming to move about more or taking part in a formal or group activity.

The best exercise for you is one you enjoy as then you can continue to do it on a long-term basis.

Moving more is very important for long term health so whatever your present level of fitness is you will find many benefits if you get/keep active.
These benefits not only include improved mental well being and improved blood glucose control but also research has shown that activity can improve peoples balance therefore reducing the risks of falls. It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. It can also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.

There is a lot more information on exercise at: -

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/managing-your-diabetes/exercise

Medway Council organise health walks which can be a great way to improve wellbeing as it gives exercise but is also a social activity and both of these are proven to improve wellbeing . It is also known that doing an activity as part of a group helps people maintain that activity compared to doing it alone.

There is some good information on suggested exercise plans whatever your ability on the NHS website including the ones in the links below.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/10-minute-workouts/

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/exercise-as-you-get-older/

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