If you’re living with type 2 diabetes, one of the best ways to keep your condition in check is with regular physical exercise. Along with a healthy meal plan, an exercise routine can help keep your blood glucose levels within the correct range. To help you get started if you’re just looking to get a bit more active, we’ve put together our top 5 activities that you can start today and help yourself get active. One of the easiest exercises for most people to do, walking can be a great way to gently build up your aerobic exercises without it feeling too daunting. You can do it at your own pace, although to make it beneficial it’s your best bet to walk fast enough to quicken your heart rate. Make sure you have a good pair of trainers to make it easier on your feet and get outside and explore your neighbourhood, local park or surrounding countryside. Originally developed as a form of martial arts in 13th century China, these days tai chi is excellent exercise for people gently easing themselves into a more active lifestyle. Tai chi combines deep breathing with flowing movements that help promote balance, muscle strength and good posture. It’s also a great way to meet new people in your local community, particularly for older people, so look to see if there are any local groups you can join. Think yoga is only for super fit 20-somethings who can bend their legs behind their head? Think again. Yoga’s a great aerobic exercise that can help improve balance, flexibility and help lower stress and blood sugar levels, as well as body fat. Yoga is an exercise that you can do as much as your body allows you, and is just as effective in a class or on your own yoga mat at home. Dive into a new exercise by taking up swimming. Swimming is so good because it gets your heart rate going without putting any pressure on your joints or feet. This can be great if you’re living with diabetes as you should try to avoid foot cuts and injuries. Most local leisure centres host swimming sessions for various ability levels and if the weather is good why not check out your nearest lido? Just make sure you go early enough to beat the crowds. It might sound odd at first, but there are a number of video games out there that can help you get fit and active in the comfort of your own living room. The Wii Fit is still one of the best fitness video games out there, but it’s now been joined by other titles like the Nike+ Kinect Training, available on Xbox. If you’re looking to take up any of these activities, or are interested in new footwear designed especially for people living with diabetes, check out the Gentle Grip range of Diabetic Socks today.