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Understand Barriers

Understanding Barriers

If done safely, every person with diabetes can benefit from exercise. However, many people report barriers to regular physical activity. Some barriers are specific to diabetes, and others are related to finding the time and energy to exercise. Below, we have created a word cloud showing the common barriers that may prevent many people from participating in physical activity:


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