You may have heard it all of your life. You certainly heard it on the first day of being diagnosed with Diabetes. “You need to exercise 30 minutes a day.” You hear inspirational stories. They try to make exercise sound fun. Yeah, well, they can keep their fun.
At least that was my attitude until I was told I had Diabetes. Then, it was what can I do to control the disease because I was seeing amputated toes and dialysis in my future. I have a very well developed imagination and ANYTHING I could do to control Diabetes suddenly became my best friend. Even exercise!
So, what’s so important about exercise, anyway? Take a look at the video; it’s one of the best explanations I have seen on the topic.
Why do I exercise 30 minutes a day? I started because my doctor told me that it would help control my Diabetes – you’ve just seen how it does that by making it easier for the insulin your body produces work. I chose walking as my exercise because I could do it, didn’t have to buy a gym membership which I wouldn’t use anyway, and most importantly it sounded so easy.
It worked! In the first eight or nine months I lost 50 pounds, or so. It’s only been recently that I have added a little resistance training three or four times per week.
Folks, you can do this. You can walk for 30 minutes a day. Heck, if you can’t do 30 minutes, start with 15 minutes, or whatever you can do and build up to 30 minutes five days a week. The benefits are huge. Weight loss. Controlling a disease (no small feat). Better overall health, which is really hard to believe and explain until you experience it. Improved self-confidence. Better outlook on life; more positive. I could go on and on. It’s best if you discover the reasons for yourself.
Fight your War On Diabetes. Control the disease. Take the first step (okay, it was a very bad pun) today. By exercising you will reduce your blood glucose, and in turn your A1c. What happens then? You are controlling your Diabetes! You are fighting and winning!
You can do it.
As always, thank you for reading.