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Exercise guidelines

  • Start your exercise slowly by stretching and warming up (slow pace of exercise for five minutes). Finish your exercise by cooling down (slower pace exercise for 10 minutes).
  • Wear layers of loose-fitting clothing so you may adapt to temperature/environment changes. Wear comfortable athletic shoes that tie.
  • Avoid outdoor exercise in extremely hot and cold temperatures.
  • Do not drink alcohol right before or after exercise.
  • Do not exercise if you are not feeling well or if you have a temperature higher than 100 degrees F.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after you exercise (four ounces every 15 minutes).


Source: Allina Patient Education, Prediabetes: Reducing Type 2 Diabetes Risk Through a Lifestyle of Good Nutrition and Activity, first edition, dia-ahc-94403

First published: 04/02/2009
Last updated: 04/02/2009

Reviewed by: Allina Patient Education experts