It’s Winter like weather in some places. The clocks have been turned back. It gets dark earlier. It’s cold in some places. Heck, I know there are readers who live where there are gale force winds on a regular basis this time of the year. Is it a conspiracy to make exercise difficult for those with Diabetes?
Are we just supposed to not exercise when night falls at 5:00? Or, at 4:30?
Well, to be honest for about three years I had a real hard time walking from late October to early January. I just did not want to get my rear out there when it was dark and walk my two miles. I mean..it was really dark when I would finally get outside…like between 7:00 and 7:30. I even told myself it was too late to start my walk if it got later than 7:45 for those months.
Sound familiar? But, I was wrong. Diabetes does not take a few months off and I shouldn’t either. In order to control my glucose, I need to exercise/walk. So, now, I just get my little self out and do it. For me it’s easy because where I live the weather is never really that bad. What if you live in cold areas? What if you live in Minnesota?
Well, if you live in a cold area, The Mayo Clinic, located in Minnesota of all places, has some great tips for Winter exercise. You can incorporate skating, skiing, and cross country skiing into your exercise routines – or just about any other Winter activity that gets you outside. Just be dressed for it and know the effect colder weather has on you
But, what if you don’t want to go outside – it is cold and dark out there, after all. Then you can include basic leg lifts and push-ups (the real or the easy ones) in your routine. You don’t need any special equipment and just about any open floor space will do. Last year I did them just to see if they’d work for me, and they did! I also started to use light weights – five pound dumb bells. Or, maybe you know someone who isn’t using a home gym; how nice would that be?
Is your basement tall enough for skipping rope? Or, maybe you are an avid table tennis player. Any activity is better than none, so don’t let the colder weather stop your exercise…please
It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s Winter weather time. But you still have a War to fight. You have Prediabetes to beat back or Diabetes to control – And, you can do it!
As always, thank you for reading.