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15-Minute Anywhere Workouts


Fun, easy exercises for better glucose control

By Brittany Doohan and Katie Tonkovich


Got 15 minutes? Fit in a fun, easy workout for better blood sugar control. Muscle-strengthening exercises help make your body more sensitive to insulin and can lower blood glucose. Bonus: it may help you manage your weight, too. That's because the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn — even when you're resting!

For a boost, add a quick cardio routine like the one below. Aerobic exercise (aka cardio) reduces your risk of heart disease by lowering blood glucose and blood pressure and improving cholesterol levels. It also helps your body use insulin better. Or pair your strength-training routine with a brisk 15-minute walk later in the day.

Challenge yourself to do one (or all!) of these quick, anytime, anywhere workouts — each 15 minutes or less!*

Strength Training  

15-Minute Workout: Arms — MedHelp

15-Minute Workout: Butt & Thighs — MedHelp

15-Minute Workout: Abs — MedHelp


Aerobic Exercise

15-Minute Workout: Cardio — MedHelp

*Before you do any new exercise routine, check with your doctor to learn which activities are safe for you. When you have diabetes, you may have to take a few extra precautions to work out safely. Try to check your blood sugar before, during and after exercise to make sure it's within target range. While exercising for 30 minutes five times a week is usually recommended, you may have to start more slowly, especially if you're new to working out.

Published on September 15, 2016. 

Brittany Doohan is a health and lifestyle editor and writer living in San Francisco. 

Reviewed by Toby Smithson, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE on September 15, 2017.
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