Getting Started With Exercise

Exercise is good for everybody. It improves both physical and mental health. Getting enough exercise is especially important for people with certain health conditions, such as diabetes.

If you have diabetes, you'll see big changes when you start to get more exercise:

And it gets even better. Getting more exercise will also give you more energy, reduce your stress, help you relax, make it easier to fall asleep, and help you to sleep more soundly.

Getting Started

If you haven't been getting much exercise lately, start out slowly. Set goals that are realistic for you right now. Start from where you are and slowly add more. Getting a small amount of activity each day is better than doing nothing at all.

Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

Look for ways to be more active in your day-to-day activities:

Think of fun activities that will get you moving:

Making an action plan can help you get started:


Clinical review by David McCulloch, MD
Group Health
Reviewed 03/01/2014
Local Walking Maps

To stick with an exercise plan, vary your routine and make it interesting. For example, check out walking routes in your area. Search online or contact your parks department or city and county. Here are some examples.