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Here’s the thing about exercise. Some people just love it and really enjoy doing it every day. Others hate it and nothing you can say can inspire them to get moving. Some learn to love it because their efforts make them feel empowered, energized, slimmer and more engaged with life. Some still mostly hate it but realize it does a body (and mind) great good, so they do it for the payoff, but never really enjoy doing it. So today I am really talking to those who hate to exercise. Because you need to do something to deflect all those holiday calories that are going to end up on your waist, thighs, hips or earlobes!
I usually try to find out exactly what a client (or patient) hates about exercise. Sometimes it’s the sweating that they hate. Or it's the pain that comes from working out body parts that are not used to being challenged with weights or aerobic exercise. For some it’s the embarrassment of feeling lik...
Reprinted with permission of Amy Tenderich of DiabetesMine.com
I've always been squeamish about trying alternate sites for my insulin pump. When Tiffany wrote about using her breasts back in 2005, I kind of shut down on the whole notion. Eeeeww! Just give me the belly and arms, thank you very much.
But now that I'm having issues with both skin irritation and lipodystrophy (overused infusion sites), I'm starting to eye the rest of my body for acceptable places to poke.
Insulet, the makers of my OmniPod pump , have been insisting for some time that the thigh is a nice option. My thoughts were: " Yeah, if you're a guy, with no hair on your legs... or if you're the type of person who never takes off their pants ." I don't happen to fall into either category. So I can't say what made me try it. Other than the combined facts that it's been so hot, the skin on my belly is sore, and I want to wear sleeveless tops without a plastic chunk hanging off my...
No one would think of walking as a perishable skill. Without practice and repetition, walking can become a sloppy waddle. This skill involves multiple intricate components of muscle activation and nerve coordination. The foot and ankle need to be well synchronized to complete good heel-to-toe progression after the heel strikes the ground. The knee and hip must flex and extend at appropriate times. Finally, the pelvis must be able to hold the entire torso up during the precarious moment that a person is standing on one leg as the other leg swings forward. Normally, the individual does not have to consciously think about any of this movement. Sometimes walking is worth a second thought, especially when it hurts to walk.
Foot and ankle coordination can be simply improved by mindfully thinking about flexing the ankle so the toes don't drag on the ground as the leg swings through and mindfully thinking about pushing off after the foot has struck the ground. Many trips and fall...
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