Walking is the exercise of choice for most people, especially when we would rather be outdoors than in a gym. Walking is one of the best ways to prevent heart disease, the biggest problem that those of us who have diabetes face.
If all we want to do is strengthen our lower body, we need only comfortable clothes and supportive footwear. But walking does little or nothing to strengthen the muscles of our upper body.
Unless we walk with poles, like Ken Mundt does. "The advantage is that I get a whole upper body workout," he told me when I called him at his home in Seattle. "My chest muscles get a good workout, because I don't slam my poles. I place them, and then I push." Ken is now 58. Five years ago when a doctor told him that he has type 2 diabetes, he started a regular pole walking program. Every day during the week he walks between five and six miles with his Exerstrider poles. On Saturday he walks eight miles and takes off on Sunday.
Ken Mundt Strides with his Walk...
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...
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