How the local zoo helped my diabetes, seriously!

Recently, I had the occasion to go with some family members to the #NashvilleZoo one morning.

It was great and I ended up walking at least 3 miles … at least!

Get this, I did not notice! I was too caught up in the wonder of this well laid-out zoo and all the amazing animals.

I got my exercise in for the day while I did not notice at all! I felt this was too good for me not to share.

The exercise helped my #diabetes by decreasing #InsulinResistance which in turn, lowered my #BloodGlucose readings for the day.

Isn’t that what this is all about?

Go to your local #zoo and walk through it! You’ll be glad you did!

Diabetes, meet swimming … swimming, meet diabetes!

#Swimming just might be the very best exercise there is for a #diabetic. It is low impact and high aerobic. And you are as likely to find swimmers over age 80 as you are under the age of 30 in any fitness center or YMCA pool.

The downside of #swimming obviously is that you need a pool.

With walking, you just put your shoes on and walk out the front door. With swimming, you need a pool. Not a problem, virtually every fitness center or YMCA has one and they usually are parts of the fitness center that open before any other part, often before five in the morning.

If this appeals to you, take the first step and find a pool. Overcome the inertia and locate a facility that will accommodate you.

Trust me, it’s not hard.

There’s even a competitive swimming program called #MastersSwimming for those adults who would like to compete in swim tournaments. I have gone to a few of these and there is nothing more heartwarming than seeing a few 70-year-olds battling it out in the backstroke.

When they get out of the pool, they look far better than most of their peers and if they are #diabetic, they have added satisfaction of knowing that they are doing something wonderful for their condition.

When your calendar becomes your workout buddy … huh???

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Let’s face it, there is something compelling when we schedule something on our calendar. We are more apt to follow through and keep a commitment that is on our calendar than one that is not.

It always helps me personally to proactively plan my exercise in the future by committing it to my calendar. If you use a paper calendar, pencil it in. If you use an electronic/phone calendar, then schedule it and you will have an automatic reminder.

I hate to work out, you might also but we know our #diabetes will thank us for getting out the door and into some activity, right?

There is something about human nature that simply makes this work. Let’s make it work on our behalf to help us manage our #diabetes better.

Thank you Mr Calendar!

(Author’s note: I have published a book for diabetics who hate to exercise, ’42 Ways to Motivate the Sedentary Diabetic to Actually Exercise’ … written primarily for my always inactive self … click HERE to purchase on Amazon, purchase and give away to friends and family who need it … purchase and send to your local diabetes society for distribution and if you cannot afford it, let me know)

What you FEEL will make you ill, but what you KNOW will make you go!

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Early in my career, I was a church worker. As such, I had the benefit of exceptional motivational teachings that I would listen to as various teachers came through my territory.

One teacher stressed the importance of not allowing our feelings to dictate our actions inordinately. He focused on the fact that if we allow our feelings to rule our lives, we would never amount to much of anything or accomplish anything significant.

He stressed that we should operate a great deal out of what we knew as fact that we needed to do as opposed to what we felt. He had a great motto for this… “What you FEEL will make you ill, but what you KNOW will make you go.”

Throughout my years, I have always marveled at the wisdom in this saying.

In many ways it applies to motivating us to get out the front door and get exercising.

With that in mind, I think it is vital to reflect on why we are exercising at all. In short, exercising benefits our #diabetic condition in so many ways it is impossible to list.

For starters, if you have insulin resistance which most #type2 diabetics do, exercise will lessen that resistance. Exercise will open the receptivity of your cells for blood glucose to enter them. That way it’s not in your bloodstream and your blood glucose levels of your blood will fall. That’s a good thing.

#Diabetes can contribute to a person being depressed.

Studies show that walking 20 minutes a day is as therapeutic as most medications or talk therapy. Can you believe that? Well you should because it’s true.

Exercise can increase a person’s overall fitness level which lessens the co-morbidities that can spring up when you deal with #diabetes in a person’s life.

This alone makes exercise a fabulous, fabulous option for a #diabetic.

So think about those mornings when you absolutely do not want to exercise. Your feelings are screaming “do not exercise at all because I do not feel like it”. It is mornings like this that what you feel is making you ILL but what you know has got to make you GO. Because you know you need to exercise, you put your feelings up on a shelf and get out the door and get to the business of exercising. Because your intellect is making the smart choice and the smart decision here.

We can do this!

Just moving your clothes will benefit your diabetes enormously … wait, say that again!

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In the business world, especially in those parts where efficiency in movement is crucial, efficiency is often achieved by moving things around to make the movement easier. For example, in a warehouse, the most frequently used items will be stacked the closest to the loading dock in order to save time. And it does save an ENORMOUS amount of time.

There is a principle here that you can leverage in becoming more motivated to exercise…make it easy on yourself.

Here is a quick tip:

Put your exercise clothes at the foot of your bed or somewhere where you can easily reach them. Make it easy to find your exercise clothes. If you are a walker, this might pertain only to your walking shoes. If you are a runner, this would pertain to your running clothes plus your running shoes. If you are doing yoga, this is your mat plus your yoga clothes.

It is all meant to remove a hurdle standing in the way of exercise and make it easier to move into it. Believe it or not, I find this to be motivational in itself… you might not but I do. If I have to run all over the house looking for my clothes, somehow I lose a little bit of motivation and find something else to do.

It is too important for me to exercise to allow this to occur so I see this as a very small step that can yield very large dividends for our diabetes for those of us who hate to exercise.

JUST MOVE YOUR CLOTHES! LOL!

#diabetes #diabetic #exercise #YoungerNextYear

 

Write your way out of lethargy and fatigue … A1C numbers just might drop!!

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We are here to help you explode your inertia and get you off the couch to actually exercise! (and your #diabetes numbers will thank you)

Believe it or not, studies have shown that if you keep an exercise journal daily, this by itself will give you motivation to get out the front door.

Studies have also shown that as you record your obstacles, challenges, dead zones as well as your successes, you will exercise at a more consistent pace than the person who does not do this.

As I have alluded to before, the toughest step to take in any exercise program is the first step. Any advantage that we can get on our side to get us exercising and keep us exercising, we should take and embrace it enthusiastically.

This really, REALLY helps me. Seriously. It REALLY helps me!

So go buy a small notebook that you can write in and start today. If you have an iPhone, droid etc that you can keep a journal on, by all means do that!

The manner of journaling does not matter… that you do it is the only thing that does matter.

#covid #diabetes #diabetics #exercisejournal

Spin your way to lower blood glucose numbers, seriously!

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Spinning is basically riding a stationary bicycle. A spin class however, takes a rather boring activity and throws fun and sparkle all over it.

Most YMCAs and other fitness centers, have spin classes, even during covid. You will be socially distanced and maintain all the proper health precautions but spinning is still occurring, trust me!

Typically these are 20 or more stationary bicycles in a large room, that are utilized for a group activity lasting from 45 minutes to an hour with an instructor leading it to the melodies of great music.

To say that this is fun is a huge understatement. It is incredibly fun!

And it is low impact and high aerobic. Almost a perfect exercise. And since you are spinning with other people, the added benefit of socialization is baked right into this.

So many people in spin classes make friends with each other and this serves to motivate each other to higher fitness goals.

It is not uncommon to see people of all ages in spin classes. I’m talking about from teenagers to young adults to middle-age to senior citizens. The spin class I go to has a fellow by the name of Ollie who sits in the corner and participates enthusiastically. He has been doing this for at least 10 to 15years. Ollie is 80 years old. He is in great shape. I do not know if he has diabetes or not but that is beside the point, isn’t it? He may not have diabetes because his fitness level may have been forestalled. Or if he does, he is helping manage it well.

I challenge you to go to your local YMCA or fitness center and see if there is a spin class. The instructors are extremely sympathetic to beginners and you can get in a spin class and going slowly for the entire period of time and no one will say a word because they understand you’re starting out.

Who could ask for more than that?

#covid19 #covid #spinclass #diabetes #diabetics

How a trip to Italy and France reversed my diabetes … wait, what?!?

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It was a normal day for me, much like many others. Except that I was to have my long-procrastinated physical from my physician.

No problem … I jumped in the car and quickly navigated the Nashville landscape in the beautiful October sunshine, arriving at her office in about 20 minutes.

Greeting me, we went through the all of the regular tests, exams, etc. She is a very personable doctor and I always enjoyed my visits.

Wrapping up, I thanked her and went on my way.

All was well with the world.

Until she called me a few days later and asked me to come back in for a glucose tolerance test.

“Sure, let’s set up an appointment. By the way, why?” I asked.

“Your fasting glucose level came back a bit higher than I would like to see it. This other test can tell us a lot more.” she explained.

“Fine, see you then”

Long story short, my glucose tolerance test took about 4 hours with my blood being drawn over and over. I felt like I had given a gallon of blood and was ever so glad to show back up at work that day.

A few days later, the physician called again. Read more

How to throw inertia into the ditch and start exercising again!!

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Today, I’m going to focus on inertia.

Check out the dictionary definition of inertia: ‘a tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged.’

Inertia keeps us from exercising. It is a force in itself.

Inertia is an invisible hand that keeps us on the couch or in our office chair, when we know better.

It is the hobgoblin that whispers in our ear ‘Put it off until tomorrow’. It is the belief that says, ‘It’s too much effort to find my walking shoes (or workout clothes, etc)’.

Inertia is an internal mountain that we attempt to climb daily.  Did I say climb? More often than not, we just sit and stare at it. Then night comes, we sleep and we get up the next day only to repeat the cycle all over.

Inertia is a paralyzing poison that renders us incapable of forward movement. It throws its thick straps onto us and holds us tightly in place.

This happens to me all the time.

What do I do when this tsunami of inactivity has me jailed?

I find my walking shoes.

I put them on.

I take one step. Then another. Then another.

By this time, inertia recedes a tiny bit. But that’s all I need, an opening. A chink in its armor.

And usually I find myself walking a bit, and a bit turns into a mile and a mile turns into two, you get the picture.

And I will have put inertia in its place until I face it all over again tomorrow.

You too? Sound familiar?

Let me encourage you to punch inertia in the nose today.

Your diabetes will forever be grateful!

(Author’s note: I have published a book for diabetics who hate to exercise, ’42 Ways to Motivate the Sedentary Diabetic to Actually Exercise’ … written primarily for my always inactive self … click HERE to purchase on Amazon, purchase and give away to friends and family who need it … purchase and send to your local diabetes society for distribution and if you cannot afford it, let me know)

#covid #covid19 #coronavirus

 

 

Diabetics to COVID: Stand Down!

One great thing about getting off your couch (or off your office chair) and out the door is that the effect on your diabetes is consistently, unarguably and profoundly massive.

As we have all taken a step back for a while due to #COVID, I have found that taking that step out the door and into a brisk walk is amazing, even for one who hates to exercise (like me).

The video I have loaded at the beginning of this blog (isn’t the trail beautiful??) shows my walking path in the woods … it is restful, life-giving, level and works with me to get my diabetes numbers to where they need to be.

I walk 2 miles a day (yes, yes, I am working to get that much higher) at a pace of about 3.3 mph.

I have made this a daily routine. Making this a daily routine delivers a punch in the face to inertia, which is my greatest enemy against regular exercise.

It works.

Managing diabetes makes a person healthier during the #coronavirus thing we are going through.

And walking daily gives a daily boost to our moods which will boost our immune systems.

Take off your lethargy jacket today and get out the door! Take that, #COVID!

#walking #youngernextyear #ihatetoexercise

Covid and social distancing and diabetes and … and … I’m still exercising

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As you are reading this, most of America is under some kind of stay-at-home, shelter-in-place, safer-at-home restriction.

Yet many of us have diabetes.

And many of us have to exercise in order to help manage our diabetes.

Well, let me tell you what I am doing. It is springtime in Tennessee and we are now often experiencing days that are warm and full of sunshine. And we are experiencing days that are a bit cooler but still perfect … like any springtime season.

My wife and I have been getting out on our street and walking religiously. We also live near a greenway that we frequent. It can all be done with appropriate social distancing guidelines. (that’s me on a greenway in the photo above)

And the walking decreases my insulin resistance.  And this benefits type 2 diabetics.

But the entire point of this is that there is a way to get off the couch even during a dang quarantine.

If ever I needed an excuse to not exercise, a national pandemic would be one, wouldn’t it? I mean, everyone would understand, right?

But if I didn’t exercise during this national emergency, here’s what would happen:

  1. a key tool in my diabetes management would vanish
  2. my mood would darken
  3. because my mood might darken, depression might set in
  4. because depression might set in, that would adversely affect diabetes (see my post on this)

Exercise brings hope.

Let hope back in!


#coronavirus #covid19 #covid #socialdistancing #YoungerNextYear #ChrisCrowley

How to exercise during a pandemic … or … Covid-19, get outta my way!

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First and foremost, especially during a pandemic, you have to exercise!

Inactivity increases disease risk!!

Let me repeat this: inactivity increases disease risk!

Covid-19 cannot be just another excuse for those of us who already hate to exercise, to avoid walking, running, biking, swimming, etc etc A pandemic cannot be a new momentum-buster, standing in the way of activities that help manage your diabetes.

I hate to exercise.

I have diabetes.

Therefore I must exercise.

During this current crisis, here’s what I have been doing:

On my street, I have been getting out at least twice a day for walks. I have wireless headphones (Beats) and I listen to an audio-book that I purchase through Audible. This walking routine can be done easily with social distancing needs still being met.

I also have a weight bench in my basement (barbells, etc) that I have started using every other day. I put a podcast on that I enjoy and jump into my routine.

Exercise helps lower insulin resistance. Exercise helps your A1C numbers. Exercise is not a nice-to-have, it is mandatory for those of us with blood sugar issues.

I know not everyone has a convenient street on which to walk. And I understand that gyms are to be avoided.

But be creative! You can figure this out!

Just make sure covid-19 doesn’t stop you from this extremely important activity of daily exercise.

#covid19 #covid-19 #coronavirusandexercise #diabetesandcovid19 #exercisehelps #ChrisCrowley

(author’s note: if you enjoy this blog, please purchase my book on Amazon! “42 Ways to Motivate the Sedentary Diabetic to Actually Exercise” … and leave a review on Amazon if you enjoy it!)

 

Video onboard! How to squeeze in a 20 minute walk between business meetings

Hi there everyone!

I had a noon meeting in Franklin, TN yesterday that lasted an hour. I had not gotten any exercise in because, well, I hate to exercise.

And inertia battles me every single day.

But because of type 2 diabetes, I must exercise.

So I decided to take a 20 minute walk on Main Street in Franklin which is an extraordinarily picturesque walk. Plus it was 65 degrees in February.

It was fun, I enjoyed it, I didn’t even notice the walk because I was so absorbed in the sights and sounds.

Diabetic conditions can be improved through regular exercise, like this.

If we enjoy our exercise, we are more likely to do it.

If we pick an exercise that we loathe, odds are that we might not do it. (I know myself, I assure you, I won’t)

Get off the couch and out of your office today … I’ll bet you also can find a way to squeeze in a 20 minute walk somehow, some way, even today.

#diabetes #diabetics #walking #exercisehelpsdiabetics #FranklinTN

(Author’s note: Click HERE to check out my book on Amazon “42 Ways to Motivate the Sedentary Diabetic to Actually Exercise” … this would make a great gift for friends and family who need encouragement to exercise)

Mo-mo-mo-momentum!

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When I was younger, I would hang-glide in cow pastures. (You immediately see a myriad of issues with this, I suspect).

I would run with the hang-glider until I had enough momentum that the air would lift me off the ground into the sky. It was like magic to me. Momentum always propelled me to new heights. (side note: upon landing, I had to make sure I missed the cows and their by-products!)

I hate to exercise.

I must exercise in order to control my type 2 diabetes. Exercise and diet are my two main tools. And they work amazingly.

But I have found that momentum is a key to overcoming the inertia that keeps us from getting off the couch (or out of our office) and exercising.

Here’s what momentum looks like:

You walk one day for 5 minutes. Day 2 you walk for 5 minutes. Day 3 you drive to the gym to climb on the stair step machine. Day 4 you walk for 10 minutes. Momentum will now deposit you into some kind of activity on day 5 and beyond.

Voila!

Your hang-glider will now be airborne!

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Rock, paper, scissors … depression, diabetes, walking

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I was sitting in a graduate-level psychology class once upon a time when I heard a jaw-dropping fact – if you walk 20 minutes a day, the anti-depressive effects of that walk will equal any, I repeat ANY, antidepressant on the market today.

The professor saw the class’s incredulity and proceeded to show scholarly study after scholarly study where this was proven out.

Now, the truly amazing part is that when you combine walking, with an antidepressant and talk therapy, you definitely have the most powerful tool to combat depression.

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Making sad ole winter your best exercise season

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Wait, what?

My best exercise season?!?!

No way!

Way.

As you know, diabetes responds well to exercise. Blood sugar is controlled and managed better when we exercise. Insulin resistance decreases. Many, many benefits come to the diabetic through simple exercise.

But if you are like me, January has served up a boatload of inertia against getting out there and doing something … anything! I mean, when I try to get myself into gear, I hit a concrete wall … not thin concrete either but 8 foot thick concrete walls.

Seeing an opportunity in this sad state of affairs, I decided to try some new machines in the gym, to see if the variety might confuse the inertia that holds me back.

I decided to try the stairstep machine … it is quite an aerobic workout!!! And because it is different, it made it a little more fun for me. I also bought some new Beats bluetooth over the ear headphones and listened to a new book on Audible. This served to make the workout actually enjoyable.

I also signed up for a 5k run (maybe walk?) at our local zoo in February. This gave me a new goal and goals always energize me.

Remember, what I am trying to do here is beat January at its own game … I’m trying to actually move forward in exercise rather than just treading water.

Well, for me at least, this worked as I have been punching January in the nose all month. 🙂

You see, my diabetes benefits from this. My A1C numbers benefit from this. I am not just doing all of this to pass the time away. I have to exercise.

Try changing up your routine in January and see if it helps. If it doesn’t, drop me a line at terry.blankenship@outlook.com

#diabetes #diabetic #exercisehelps

January is a TOUGH month in which to exercise!!!

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I have often thought that January is the SADDEST month … post-Christmas and holiday, it almost seems like 31 days of afterthought.

I hate to exercise … because I am a type 2 diabetic, I must exercise.

BUT January is brutal when it comes to getting off the couch and out the door! B.R.U.T.A.L! For many reasons that you already know!

(Author’s note: if you haven’t yet purchased my book, 42 Ways to Motivate the Sedentary Diabetic to Actually Exercise, please click HERE. Please also tell your friends and family about this! THANKS!)

But I have to exercise in January, every day, every day, every day. I am insulin resistant and exercise opens my cell doors to allow insulin inside … see the magic here?! Then my blood sugar is drawn down due to this.

Sooooo, here we are, all wrapped up in our inertia, sitting at home or in the office, as sedentary as our coffee table. What do we do?

Get up, walk to the door, exit the door, take a 1 minute walk, return to house, enter door, sit back down.

I’m not asking much here, folks! 1 minute! But it is January so I know I minute in January may feel like 1 hour but you’ve got this!

The theory behind this is that 1 minute might turn into 2 and 2 might turn into 5 and 5 might turn into 10, etc.

All in January! What a superstar you are!

Give your diabetes a Christmas present!

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Loads of carbs you have to avoid … tons of desserts you must dodge … sugar canes you have to turn your back on … co-workers leaving brownies and sprinkled cookies on your desk, ok, ok, you get the picture.

If you are a diabetic, this is a tough time of year … potentially. If you are a diabetic, this is whitewater … potentially.

But I have a suggestion … I have a tip on how to turn the holidays into a healthy time of year for the diabetic.

Remember this blog is about overcoming inertia and getting out the front door to actually exercise? And remember that exercise is a key to managing our diabetes? (and remember that fantastic book I wrote regarding this?)

Well, we are going to defeat diabetes in the holiday season by … drum roll … taking at least two short walks a day, every day. If your fitness level has you way above this, then continue that but throw an extra session a day in. Double it.

You will be fighting depression … you will be managing your diabetes … your cells will absorb more of your blood glucose thereby leaving less in your bloodstream. And this is important for those with type 2 diabetes.

And let this doubling of exercise be your gift to yourself … and a gift to your diabetes!

Sound too tough? Cry to me at terry.blankenship@outlook.com 🙂

 

Pick up that dumbbell and put down your diabetes!

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One of my happiest discoveries in my quest to help my type 2 diabetes has been the joy (that’s right, joy) of picking up some weights and training with them a couple of times a week.  It just feels really good to me and my muscles. Plus I can do this at home or at the gym!

Everydayhealth.com lists the benefits of weight training on type 2 diabetes as follows: Read more

Biltmore helped me exercise, yep, that’s right

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Now, you may be wondering … how in the world could Biltmore House in Asheville, NC contribute to my exercise which contributes to my diabetes management?

A little background first … Biltmore House is the nation’s largest private home with over 230 rooms and measuring 175,000 square feet (whoa!). I live in Nashville, TN and have never been to Biltmore but it’s an easy trip there and back. It is decorated for Christmas so we went and had a fabulous time. Here’s how it helped my diabetes … Read more

Boot camp, ridiculous or a game changer?

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Tom was a person who was a retired executive with type II diabetes. He has never been active, always allowing his career to crowd virtually everything else out including self-care. So if you were to look for the word sedentary in the dictionary, Tom’s picture would appear (right beside mine, of course … hey, yours might be in there too).

He heard about a boot camp at his local fitness center. At the urging of his spouse, he took a deep breath and called the center inquiring about the boot camp. The person on the other end must’ve been a great salesman because Tom found himself at day one of boot camp about a week later. Read more

The completely impossible to exercise day

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Let me tell you about yesterday.

There are some days when it is virtually impossible psychologically for me to exercise.

For whatever reason, some days I cannot talk myself into getting out the front door and actually taking even the tiniest of strolls.

Yesterday, I had such a day.

Let me tell you what I do on a day like this.

I had one of two choices, I can give in and revert to my sedentary lifestyle on that day or I can get out the front door and take a one minute walk and come back in, claiming a victory at least symbolically.

As a matter of fact, that’s exactly what I did.

Since inertia is already stacked against us, it is far far better to strap some dynamite on that inertia and light the fuse. Even if it’s only a 60 second fuse. It doesn’t matter … symbolically, you will keep the momentum going.

Now these are special kinds of days I realize, the type of day that you may not face often. So this is the special kind of exercise that you will do on these very very rare days. It is not for everyday use, it is reserved for these impossible to exercise days.

Movement will build on your momentum. Inactivity will kill your momentum. So try to do at least something, even if it is the most minimum of efforts.

Your diabetes will be greatly helped by the fact that you are trying to build an active lifestyle, even on these really impossible days. The thing about impossible days is that even though they seem impossible, we can turn them into possible days. And we can do this by the quick trick above. Impossible to exercise days really do not exist except in our mind.

Off the couch today! (I love that slogan!)

 

Yoga … wait, what?

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Okay, this may not be the most aerobic of exercises however yoga is a fantastic way to center yourself and open up peaceful avenues within your own spirit. It will also start your body being acclimated to movement and that in itself will confer a host of health benefits upon you. Read more

That’s right, a walking tour

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Another amazing way to get off the couch and out the door is by taking a walking tour.

We were in Chicago recently for a convention and the weather was simply amazing. You know the type of days, I’m sure … temp in the low 70s, slight breeze, just perfection.

I’ve always been a huge Frank Lloyd Wright fan, loving his architecture, when I discovered there was a walking tour of some of his homes in Oak Park, Read more

Yo … spin!

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Spinning is basically riding a stationary bicycle. A spin class however, takes a rather boring activity and throws fun and sparkle all over it.

Most YMCAs and other fitness centers, have spin classes. Typically these are 20 or more stationary bicycles in a large room, that are utilized for a group activity lasting from 45 minutes to an hour with an instructor leading it to the melodies of great music. Read more

Get back on that bicycle!

You know, the one that’s parked in the garage that you haven’t been on in ages. Did you know that your bike could be possibly one of your greatest fitness tools? That bike could be a potent, I mean potent, tool against your diabetes.

The great thing about bicycling is that it is extremely low impact and also delivers very high aerobic benefit. Read more

Remind thyself!

 

On those days when it is simply brutal to get out the door and actually exercise, I try to remind myself of what the benefits of exercise on my diabetes are.

This is exactly why I wrote my book, 42 Ways to Motivate the Sedentary Diabetic to Actually Exercise. (Click HERE to view at Amazon)

Picture a sailboat with its sails full of wind, being propelled along by that very wind. Similarly, reminding ourselves of exercise benefits can be the wind that pulls us out of our lethargy. Remind yourself and BOOM, it’s a little easier to move into some form of exercise. Read more

The Battle

Yesterday was another brutal day in my battle against getting off the couch. Inertia was winning the day. The hatred of exercise was growing by the minute and I was determined to do nothing, absolutely nothing as far as walking or anything.

Have you ever been there before?

Has this scenario ever crept into your life? Of course it has! Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this blog! Read more

That first step … SO HARD!

Walking.

Seriously, this is the very easiest way to start your couch-reduced life. As a matter of fact, walking was what convinced me of the extreme value of exercise on my diabetes.

This is how easy it is to start… get out of your chair, walk to the front door,  open the front door, pass through your front door, find a sidewalk or street that is safe to walk on, start walking, finish walking, go back to your front door, open your front door, pass through your front door, close your front door, now resume your seated position. Read more

My story

This post is taken from chapter 1 of my book 42 Ways to Motivate the Sedentary Diabetic to Actually Exercise. Here goes:

It was a normal day for me, much like many others. Except that I was to have my long-procrastinated physical from my physician.

No problem … I jumped in the car and quickly navigated the Nashville landscape in the beautiful October sunshine, arriving at her office in about 20 minutes.

Greeting me, we went through the all of the regular tests, exams, etc. She is a very personable doctor and I always enjoyed my visits.

Wrapping up, I thanked her and went on my way.

All was well with the world.

Until she called me a few days later and asked me to come back in for a glucose tolerance test. Read more