Yesterday, I had a really, really tough day trying to motivate myself to walk, run, anything at all!
It was a perfect storm day, very messy with all my excuses being sent up like a bottle rockets deluging the gods of inertia. I was a veritable excuse factory, and the production line was humming away, hitting new output levels.
I did end up walking but it was a wicked and brutal wrestling match with every single psychological aspect inside of me trying to make me tap out..
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. 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. I used it yesterday.
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 type to buy 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 comorbidities 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 feel 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.