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Diabetes care in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire


Where possible, taking more exercise and increasing your activity levels can make a big difference to helping you to control your weight and feel fitter too.

There are lots of ways to get exercise so you can choose what suits you best. You could for example:

  • walk or cycle instead of taking the bus or car for short journeys
  • join a gym or sports club
  • avoid sitting for too long in front of the television, at a computer or playing video games.
  • For those of you who work, you might find ways of taking more physical activity during the working day. For example, by taking the stairs instead of the lift, or going for a walk at lunchtime.

There is a lot of helpful information available to give you ideas and support in taking more exercise and getting fitter. You might want to join a group who go walking regularly, in order to have some company and meet new people. For example:

Walking for Health Scheme

Walking for Health is a scheme designed to encourage you to become more physically active by getting in the open air, and viewing the benefits first hand through regular walks in your area.

Get Walking

Get Walking Keep Walking provides free advice and information for people who want to start walking to improve their health and fitness.

From the Berkshire Health Promotion service website, you can order a leaflet called “You Can Get Fit While You Sit!” This gives details of some gentle exercises, aimed at older people, that can be performed sitting in a chair. The leaflet is available at a small cost either from the website or telephone 01753 638678

The website has produced a leaflet about Fitness and exercise

Use of local leisure facilities

Understandably you might be concerned about taking too much exercise when you have a long term condition.  But there are plenty of people who can help advise you on the best exercise for you. Your local council is working in partnership with the local leisure facilities whereby GPs and healthcare professionals can refer patients for an ideal introduction to physical activity.

Contact details for more information can be found in the local services section of this web-site, under Local NHS Services