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Science-Backed Exercises from Bezzy T2D Community Members

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February 05, 2024

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Photography by Visual Spectrum/Stocksy United

Photography by Visual Spectrum/Stocksy United

by Samantha Costa

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Medically Reviewed by:

Kelly Wood, MD

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by Samantha Costa

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Medically Reviewed by:

Kelly Wood, MD

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We asked our community members what their favorite way to exercise is — here’s how it stacks up against the research.

You’ve probably heard the importance of adding movement to manage diabetes. Still, finding the time and energy to exercise can feel overwhelming when you’re just getting started.

Once it becomes a habit, exercise can be incredibly beneficial for your mind and body.

Since movement is essential for managing type 2 diabetes, we wanted to learn your favorite or go-to ways to squeeze it into your day.

Whether going to the gym or hitting your goals at home, we hope this information helps you decide what you want to try next.

Here is what Bezzy type 2 diabetes community members do to work out and what the research says about their choices.

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Cycling

Cycling is my go-to! I tracked more than 7,000 miles this year by riding my bike every day to manage my blood sugar without meds!

Bob S, diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2022

Bob might have the right idea. A 2021 study looked into how cycling affects the risk of heart complications in people living with type 2 diabetes.

They found that people living with type 2 diabetes who regularly rode their bikes or cycled had a lower risk of dying from heart disease.

But if you can’t ride a bike, don’t worry. Plenty of other exercises or ways to move your body are backed by science and can be fun, too.

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Walking the dog

Walking and hiking the trails every single day with my Bentley (a French water dog) no matter the weather.

Gene, diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2023

Dog lovers rejoice! Research published in 2019 suggests that having a pet dog can help you stay on top of your movement goals with type 2 diabetes. Experts surveyed hundreds of dog owners and nondog owners.

Unsurprisingly, the dog owners reported walking more for fun than their non-dog owner counterparts. Plus, they met their physical activity recommendations.  

Combination workouts

Maybe you can’t invest in cycling or a dog. If you’re interested in toning your muscle groups or strengthening an area (like your legs or arms), you don’t necessarily have to join a gym or pay for an expensive class.

One 2023 study examined how strength training, aerobic training, or a combination of both affected A1C levels among people with type 2 diabetes.

The results showed strength training alone improved A1C levels more than the other options.

Strength training might look different to many people. Here are additional ways Bezzy type 2 diabetes community members are staying active:

Walking, lifting weights, and rowing on my erg.

Cal90, diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2020

Walking, cycling, lifting weights, and yoga.

Raijeff, diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2015

I am doing mostly biking, but I have included weights and Pilates bands, and it has been excellent for my blood sugar and overall health!

Erica, diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2023

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Takeaway

It’s important to be kind to yourself on your type 2 diabetes journey. If you’re new to an exercise routine, take it one step at a time.

Not everyone can ride a bike, adopt a dog, or lift weights. Walking or stretching might be a good place to start.

In time, you’ll learn what works for you. Join our discussion in the community forum and let us know how you like to stay active.

Medically reviewed on February 05, 2024

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About the author

Samantha Costa

Samantha Costa is an editor at Bezzy, where she assigns and edits articles for the COPD and type 2 diabetes communities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Sam’s passion for writing and editing health content stems from her time as a young caregiver for her late father. She’s dedicated her career to sharing health information to improve the lives of others. Some of her former work can be found on healthcare system websites like Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and publications like U.S. News & World Report and Healio. Find her on LinkedIn.

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