Exercise is a must when you are a type 2 Diabetic. Not only can losing just 10 pounds significantly help you control your diabetes but you’ll look better and feel better. I know it can be tough to try to find the time or even the want to workout, trust me, I’m a mom of a 9 year old boy with ADHD and a 3 year old still in the trenches of potty training, my life is crazy.
But I HAVE to find that me time to workout. The feeling afterwards, not only of knowing you achieved something to make yourself healthier, but the feeling of being energized and de-stressed is simply A-W-E-S-O-M-E! Nothing beats it, it sets the tone for the rest of the day. And these days there are countless choices for working out.
You can do a workout dvd, go for a walk, jump on the trampoline with the kids, go swimming, join a class, join a gym, get a personal trainer, find a workout buddy….there are endless possibilities.
Personally I enjoy a mixture. I like to use workout dvd’s and I have quite the library, from P90X, Insanity, Turbo Jam, PUMP, Walk Away The Pounds, Biggest Loser and more, I don’t get bored. And if you are looking for some of those videos you can find them right here.
How Exercise and Diabetes work together.
I’ve seen my levels drop up to 100 points from a single workout, but it is true that if you are experiencing extremely high levels already or if you workout too intensely for too long you can see an increase in your levels. So you need to find the perfect balance. When you are moderately working out your muscles can use up to 20% more glucose as it’s fuel. It is important to have some sort of recovery meal or drink after a workout. This is typically when I have my daily shakeology (see my shakeology page for more info) shake.
Even if you have lived mostly sedentary, whether it’s because of an injury, condition, or because you feel you are too big to move, I want you to know that there IS something for everyone. I’ve seen people in wheel chairs do P90X or Insanity. I’ve seen people on canes walking to the corner and back. I’ve seen my own mom use a special elliptical from QVC in the comfort of her own chair (item number: F09935, if you’re interested). But getting up and moving is a choice, because where there is a will, there IS a way!
When I was diagnosed 10 years ago I hadn’t ever worked out, other than Summers in the pool. I started with Leslie Sansone’s Walk Away The Pounds, 1 mile video. And it opened my eyes and changed my life. It’s the perfect low impact workout that just about anyone can do. And you can find the workouts FREE at the library, on exercise on demand channels, even on youtube. Heck, even through Team Beachbody, coaches all over the US and Canada hold FREE weekly workouts called Fit Clubs, so you can try those programs for free! So, you can’t even use lack of money as an excuse.
The time for excuses is over. You’re a diabetic! YOU control your future health, not your diabetes. If you want to live your life as a healthy diabetic without the scary side effects, then you have to move! And when you start moving, and find the thing you LOVE to do, it’s not a chore, it’s not “Damn I have to workout” whine, it’s the best part of your day! It’s better than that first cup of coffee.