Keeping fit can be fun, and can also help you manage your diabetes.

Exercise is extremely important if you have diabetes, and if you remain active, this can help prevent further long term complications.

You do not have to join the gym to keep fit and can make small changes in your daily routine that can keep you active.

The Prophet (pbuh) regarded exercise as an important part of life and encouraged everyone to learn archery and swimming.  He was also fond of racing against his wife Aisha, even into his late 50's whilst she was in her late teens, a good example of how fit he was. 

Other ahadith shows that the Prophet (pbuh) had a naturally athletic lifestyle: working in the fields, markets (loading and unloading), even walking a mile or more through the desert to answer the call of nature, etc. So even going to the toilet involved significant exercise.

Taking exercise can give you more energy so that you can spend more time with your family, friends, or going to the mosque.

It is important to ask your GP or nurse about how to exercise before you start. It is recommended that gentle exercise for up to 30 minutes a day is extremely good - you should be a little out of breath and sweaty.

Good ways to start exercising gently:

  • Walk to the shops rather than taking the bus
  • Leave the car at home for small trips and go for a walk
  • Get off the bus or train one or two stops earlier and walk the rest of the way
  • Instead of sitting at your desk in your lunch break go out and take a walk
  • Use the stairs instead of taking the lift

Household jobs can also help you keep fit:

  • Get fit while you garden
  • Be extra energetic while you hoover
  • Doing DIY leads to health as well as home improvement.

Some patients have asked whether lifeguards for swimming lessons for women should be Muslim.
Our scholar, Dr Usama Hasan, believes they don't have to be Muslim.  The scriptural basis for this is the long verse of Surah al-Nur (Light, 24:31) that lists people in front of whom Muslim women can uncover, and this includes "their women" which can mean Muslim women or women of their community generally.  In either interpretation, the condition of decency (or "chastity") is assumed.
The important conditions are that they should be qualified professionals, and that includes decency, i.e. they won't be around describing the bodies of the women they see to others, let alone take unauthorised photographs, etc.

 If you do wish to join a gym, or want to find community centres that offer fitness classes, please refer to the Next Steps section.

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Keeping fit can be fun, and can also help you manage your diabetes.