5 Apps to Get You Up and Moving With Diabetes

Integrating physical activity into your lifestyle can feel intimidating—but it doesn’t have to. There are all kinds of workouts, sports, and activities to explore. If you are new to fitness you should talk to your healthcare provider to help you come up with a safe exercise plan. For example, if you use insulin, you may need to make adjustments to your insulin delivery rate. Some pumps have a simple touch screen interface that allow you to quickly make changes to your delivery propfile. Always talk to your doctor before making any changes.

To boost your success and keep you motivated you may consider working out with a buddy or trying one of the many apps that will help you get up and get moving. Here are some top rated choices:



Designed for runners and walkers alike, Runkeeper lets users choose their goals—like weight loss, getting fit, or planning for a big race. The program is packed full of benefits like customized workouts, achievable goals and rewards (hello free running shoes!) from name brand sponsors.



Jefit offers programs for everyone from beginners to elite athletes. With personalized workout routines and more than 1,300 different exercises in its log, users can choose workouts for specific muscle groups or take a more general route. Jefit uses a one-click approach to let your track reps, training logs and rest time then compiles that information into some pretty amazing analytics so you can see your progress in black and white.

Just 6 Weeks


Just 6 Weeks is proof that getting fit doesn’t have to be complicated. This simple platform trains users to achieve a specific, simple workout goal in 6 weeks. Users can choose from a goal of 200 sit-ups, 100 push-ups, 150 dips and more. The interface is simple to use and comes with a built-in workout calendar and automatic reminders to keep you on task.



Put a little groove in your workout with Spring. Walk, run or bike in perfect sync with music designed to keep you moving. According to the site, exercising to music makes you feel like you aren’t working as hard and can increase endurance by up to 15%. Created by DJ’s and fitness gurus, you can download just the right music mix, or tell the program about your favorite artists and genres for a custom blend.

Couch to 5K


Make the task of mastering a 3.1 mile run simpler with Couch to 5K. The app, which helps new runners build endurance and stamina over a 9-week program, is designed to motivate users for a 20 to 30 minute run three times a week. The app focuses on achievable goals and is available for the Apple Watch, in iTunes and for Android devices.

Put fitness at your fingertips with these and many other apps designed to track exercise, weight loss, diet and more. Along with guidance from your healthcare providers and some of these motivational apps, implementing an exercise program into your diabetes management plan is easier than you think! So get out, get going and find your new healthier self along the way.

Is there a reason not to have links to all apps? Seems like that would make it less frustrating for the reader/more shareable.

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