Diabetes Exercise

I know! You understand that because you have diabetes exercise is important. Especially if weight loss is important to your future health. And if you've been a 'couch-potato' up to now (I can get away with saying that because I was!) the thought of having to start an exercise regime probably makes you shudder!

I can't say the idea of attending a health-centre or gym had any appeal what-so-ever to me, know what I mean? Even swimming or dancing wasn't a favorite pastime. Hey guys! I've got a busy life (bet you have too!); how the heck am I going to fit all this extra activity in?

Well... the good news - you can start your diabetes exercise program gradually - almost painlessly - and work your way up. Try these simple actions for starters:

  • Park your car at the other end of the car park or street, instead of getting as close as you possibly can to the entrance.
  • Get off the bus / tram one stop earlier and walk a bit further to your destination.
  • Walk to the local shop instead of jumping in the car.
  • Take the stairs instead of a lift or escalator (or travelator at airports).
  • Instead of sitting reading a book/magazine/newspaper; browsing the Internet or playing on your computer at lunch time, take a leisurely stroll around the block or shops. I take my portable CD player and listen to my CDs as I walk - makes it more interesting.
  • When you go upstairs to fetch something deliberately 'forget' one item so you have to go back up to get it - well, maybe that's a bit silly, but it's still additional exercise!

Just 15 minutes additional walking every day is a good way to start your diabetes exercise program. As it becomes easier, walk a bit longer or more often. The important thing is to be more active - it doesn't really matter what that activity is.

Take Care of Your Feet...

Walking, jogging or running is great exercise, both for your diabetes and heart. But be careful you don't create problems with your feet. If your shoes are not comfortable, or create sore spots by rubbing, you could get problems. It's worth investing in comfortable shoes, like these Men's Diabetic Shoes or these Ladies Diabetic Shoes. These are only available in the US. Sorry if you are visiting from elsewhere. If I find another supplier that ships worldwide I'll let you know.

Developing your diabetes exercise plan needn't be a chore. Involve friends and family and, you never know, you may find you like long walks, dancing or swimming after all. And as this extra activity contributes to your weight loss, you'll be glad you did.

You can get some more insight to exercise here. Have a look at 'exercise can be fun'.

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