I am NOT a doctor, dietician or expert. Do I know everything there is to know about diabetes? Heck no, but I do know what it’s like to live with it.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Moving past the meh
Yesterday, I kicked butt and
took names when it came to being active. I gladly jumped up on the treadmill
and walked FAST and UPHILL for 30 minutes. I felt great!
Today, I ache all over and not
because of yesterday’s exercise. Yes, I have a few sore muscles but that’s a
good thing. No, I ache, like the flu. I’m finding it difficult to get out of
the recliner and do anything. In fact, I’m so proud that I pushed myself to
write this post. I seriously had to push myself. Sigh.
While thinking about the
difference between yesterday and today, I remembered reading many, many times
that some people just can’t make themselves exercise. It might be due to the
boredom of the routine, it might be due to sore feet, it might be due to other
chronic issues that cause pain. Whatever the reason, so many people just don’t
exercise, often for very valid reasons.
The part of my brain that knows
how much added exercise is vital to good health is balking at this realization.
Why can’t I just go and walk? Why can’t others? It’s not that hard…and yet, it
Last week I had the privilege to participate in an online
T2 summit. We talked about a lot of good things, including exercise. Kelly Rawlings reminded me that studies have
shown that 30 minutes of exercise per day is beneficial, and that the exercise doesn’t have to be done all at
once! Three 10-minute exercise session each day can have the same benefit
as one 30-minute session. I knew that and yet I had forgotten. I’m always so
focused on “get on that treadmill and WALK!” that I forget that I don’t have to
put in 30 minutes in one stretch.
So, thank you Kelly for the reminder. Today, I’m going to
do just that. Three 10 minute sessions. I can do that. So can you. (And don’t forget
to log your efforts at: http://bigbluetest.org/take-the-big-blue-test/ through 11/19/14 and help raise money for diabetes charities.)