Jim Edwards
By Jim Edwards Latest Reply 2011-04-27 15:05:22 -0500
Started 2011-04-08 09:51:28 -0500

How come exercise isn't a four letter word? My main problem with a regular exercise program is that I do not feel as if I am really accomplishing anything. I would hate to join a gym, because I don't think I would use it enough, plus we are an hour away from the closest one. I live in the mountains and I have 2 dogs. It is funny because even though they both run free, if I say, "Who wants to go for a walk with Dad?" they are both there ready and willing to go. Now we use to do the path, the gradual up and downs, but I have been changing things lately. We walk up the mountain (about 200 yds.) then back down to the path, then back up. Sometimes I do a diagonal. I am finding that each seems to work different leg muscles, and it definitely gets my heart pumping. It is steep enough that you have to hold yourself back when you are descending. So exercise has become a little more acceptable to me. I know a PT and she suggested that I take full advantage of walking in private to increase my range of motion. So, when I am sure no one is watching, I march up the hill, bringing my knees high. Also, swing, twirl and flap my arms.
WARNING! If you live in the city, don't try this; you may be arrested! LOL
What do you do to get your body moving?

52 replies

Type1Lou 2011-04-27 14:40:34 -0500 Report

I started regularly walking with a friends 2 months ago. At least 4 times a week we walk 2.5 miles in about 50 minutes…a good clip for us. I've lost 5 lbs without even trying and my butt is tighter (although at 63, who cares!) When I walk alone, I make sure I have some ID on me in case I experience a low blood sugar episode. I also carry a snack and water. I always test before I go out to make sure mt BG is not already low. Here in Florida, we don't have the killer hills which increase the aerobic value of your walk but it's still a good routine to follow. Good luck to you and keep it up…also it's good for your dogs.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-27 14:54:35 -0500 Report

If you every want to try the killer hills, come on up to camp! :) and who says you can't be proud of a tight butt at 63! Way to go! Of course, Florida does have killer heat more than we do!

Type1Lou 2011-04-27 15:05:22 -0500 Report

One of my friends used to live in Hillboro WV and when I visited, I remember thinking I'd never seen more twisty turny roads and steep hills and valleys. It's beautiful country! I'm a northern transplant to Florida and miss the cold tap water! We do have killer heat in the summer…I think I'd prefer the killer hills…although I don't miss driving in the snow, sleet, freezing rain and on black ice. Keep on walkin'

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-15 13:28:56 -0500 Report

Alright Miss Mew…I walked a mile today, without really intending to do so. We have a men's retreat here and one guy has his wife and 2 boys (8 & 10) here. Nothing really for them to do, so I volunteered a tour of our water plant and our "pooh" plant. It is down the one hill and we climbed by up the 2nd hill. Okay, I survived. My shirt is soaked, my knee hurts, I forgot to bring my water, but I got it done.I will see if I will be able to make it part of a daily routine. I will pick trash up along the way and make the camp prettier and get paid to walk!

jayabee52 2011-04-15 14:03:11 -0500 Report

Pooh plant? Is that where Winnie T Pooh is produced? LoL! j/k

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-15 14:09:48 -0500 Report

No, that is where the toilet paper and the pooh are attacked by bacteria that eat them like pac-man. Eventually the water goes to the creek. At that point it is safer to drink than the creek water! I still prefer the creek water as the color of the discharge is a little off! Sicky that I am, I love to tell the kids that venture past the tape that the warm water they like so much is coming from the pooh plant. They tend not to go past the tape again! LOL

MewElla 2011-04-15 13:35:05 -0500 Report

Good for YOU!! I am proud to see ya out there walking…Just a tip, always take that water bottle with you and a small snack, just in case you need it, I always do and on occassions, am glad I did. Keep me posted!! You get an "A" for today!!

MewElla 2011-04-14 14:04:34 -0500 Report

I have been walking since diagnosed about a year ago. Couldn't do much at first but kept it up day after day.Now, I walk 5-6 miles each day, strength/endurance so incrediably stronger, lost 72 lbs. I definitely feel better and sure, there are days when I rather not walk, but so far, have not missed a day. I make exercise a priority, it's made me a lot healthier.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-15 09:23:23 -0500 Report

5-6 miles a day. Wow. I am on my feet, walking most of the day. We have 2 killer hills here at camp. A walk down and back up is a mile, but it is a killer mile. Going down you have to hold yourself back, coming up…the kids call the hill Goliath! I know I need to flip that switch from "It would be good for me to do" to "I gotta do it" Thanks, Jim

WendyFR 2011-04-11 18:47:05 -0500 Report

I do TurboJam, it's fun. I love the kickboxing and dancing routines and I love the music she picks out. I get really for bored easily and have to change up. I just bought a kettlebell dvd from the Firm website to start on some weight training as well.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-15 09:25:07 -0500 Report

That is all I need Wendy! My knee barely stays functional now! Lol. I think I need to start with Mew's walking and go from there! Maybe I will get up to kickboxing! :)

Jameesa 2011-04-11 10:04:31 -0500 Report

Walking and WiiFit are my favorites…

Flustrated 2011-04-11 10:11:10 -0500 Report

I use WiFit. You can never catch up to those people. lol

spitfirelady 2011-04-27 08:32:45 -0500 Report

I love "wi fit…" Golf,and bowling too. My arms love the flying wi game.I Can beat my husband! Never before! Also, swim and other exercises in the pool… Jogging there does not bother my knee replacement (had ski accident at 46 and have had two replacements on it since I wear them out on it :)). Love the freedom of water! Must try the tennis…ping pong is fun, too!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-27 09:21:59 -0500 Report

I always loved the ocean. In my younger days 66-68 were good. 72 getting a little warm and less waves. Now, at 57, 72 is barely passible and 76+ is good! Do not care much for pools, as the CL2 bothers my skin and eyes. I love the wearing out of 2 knees! They say mine will need to be done within 5 years. I am hoping it makes anoter 3 at least!

spitfirelady 2011-04-27 11:05:41 -0500 Report

know what you mean about chlorine..I use the city pool rec in winter and was fortunate to find a home we love in tx that has a beautiful pool and just jumped back in to it 5 days ago for summer season!! So good to have it warm enough again!!! Well… After getting accustomed to the water!!! You would think 80 temp would be fine!!! Brrrrrr maybe it will chill off an extra pound!!!! We lived in Durango, co for 15 years and moved back to tx to help with dad. He died at 91 in July..
Keep the walking going! Don't scare the animals with those arms flailing!!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-11 11:16:00 -0500 Report

I did tennis on WilFit at my daughters. I knew it had to be bogus as I won a few times and I never played tennis before! It was fun.

Flustrated 2011-04-11 09:54:14 -0500 Report

I'd love to try the cd's or dvd's with some of those dance routines. They look like a lot of fun. I wonder if you need to do it on bare floor. We got rugs and they are the ones you can't roll up.lol Strange thing, we got a couple of dance excercises on vhs and looked around they are extinct. We don't have those boxes anymore. lol Rumba.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-11 11:19:02 -0500 Report

Okay, go ahead and laugh, but can you restrict your movements to a 3' x 3' area?
Don't know the cost, but go to Staples and get a sturdy, plastic, under the chair mats used in offices. Just remember to put the pointy side down, unless you want a foot massage!

sisson 2011-04-09 23:37:50 -0500 Report

Hi Jim
I think what is happening with you is that you body is so use to waking up and down hills so now you have to change some things around. Like some swimming so maybe it maybe good for you to joining the gym thats what help me lose most of my weight. If you can find a book that I love that also help me alot that's called (WALK AWAY THE POUNDS) BY:Leslie Sansone and some of her DVDs and if you have a Ross by where you live they have some chep equipment that where I get alot of my things. So good luck Penny

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-11 09:35:07 -0500 Report

No, my body isn't used to the hills yet! :) I figure when I can get to the top without being winded I will need to do something different! One thing about the mountains here, we are somewhat isolated, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours from a town. I would like a treadmill for rainy days or days when I don't trust my knee in the woods. What is Ross, a store or Gym? Thanks, JIm

sisson 2011-04-11 20:26:52 -0500 Report

Hi Jim
Ross is a department store that buys other stores leftovers all kind of things clothing for women, men and children house hold needs shose I'm sure you can find then on the net too! But they have alot of things that you might not find in a reg store. I just check the net and it is called Ross Dress for less Good luck Penny

tabby9146 2011-04-08 16:00:11 -0500 Report

when I was first diagnosed, I continued walking on a treadmill, that I had been doing for some 8 months before I knew I had diabetes. However, it did not help me lose weight, until my BS got under control, but I knew it was helping me, I could see some differences and exercise helps your mood, helps alleviate stress, gives you energy when you are done, sometimes right in the middle of it, you just feel better. So glad I rediscovered how good exercise can be. Then I bought some DVDs, low impact aerobics, stationary bike, later on, got a bike to ride outside. It broke down later on, so I don't have a bike right now but plan to get one this summer and enjoy that again. I am thinking of getting a yoga DVD, they say yoga is so great for stress, so I want to see. I am also getting interested in Pilates. Just jamming out to your favorite music and dancing is great.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-11 09:45:58 -0500 Report

My daughter has asked me to check into Yoga. Sorry Tabby, I know this is Easter time, but outside of that Pilate, I don't know what they are!

jayabee52 2011-04-11 10:02:34 -0500 Report

Here's a Wikipedia article on Yoga: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga The article says "Yoga refers to traditional physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility that originated in India."

But today in western cultures it is often used as a form of exercise, which includes stretches. I go to a "seated yoga" class 2 x/mo.

Pilates: Here's a wikipedia article on that form of exercise: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilates

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-11 09:31:39 -0500 Report

I know I am going to have to find something besides the walking that I like. We just had 4 rainy days in a row, so no walking. I have 2 left feet (3 sometimes), but I have always loved dancing. I guess in the privacy of my home, I can dance how and when I want. Only thing is, I will have to put my dog out, as she gets wound up if Dad is acting crazy! thanks!

jayabee52 2011-04-11 10:05:28 -0500 Report

It's my favorite form of exercise, as it excercises body, mind and social aspects (Dancing with a partner) of you.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-08 11:37:55 -0500 Report

I like that! I am not necessiarily feeling better because of the walks, but it does make me feel better because I know I need to do it. I know I could afford 100 pounds and I need to do it a few pounds at a time. Thanks!

jayabee52 2011-04-11 10:11:23 -0500 Report

Are you aware of the Obesity Connect site? Much like DC here, in fact several people from DC are members there as well. Go to the top of this page there's white letters in a black band "Visit another community" once you click obesity, you can sign in using your email and password from DC.

Hope to see you there!

LennyDenny 2011-04-08 11:22:17 -0500 Report

Exercise is a 4 letter word - Live - The more we exercise the better we live. I tryed the gym and like you it just didn't work for me, I couldn't get there enough times to make it work. But you idea about walking is great. I do it almost every night. It doesn't matter which way I turn out of the driveway at home it's up hill. I make time when ever I can at work to at least walk around the complex 2 times or more when I can. Just keep up the good work and you will see that exercise is a four letter work.

MoeGig 2011-04-08 11:06:30 -0500 Report

I try to exercise 4-5 times a week…a slow jog for 1-2 miles. Other than being good for my heart (triple bypass 10 years ago), it also stimulates the small arteries in your feet and minimize atrophy. I think it has helped me a lot over the last 46 years as a Type 1. Have had no micro-vascular complications.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-08 11:39:52 -0500 Report

Slap me upside the head! Never thought about it stimulating the small arteries in my feet. I guess I do that everyday as I am in maintenance and on my feet for 6 of the 8 hours at work. Thanks. and my feet thanks you too.

knit57 2011-04-08 10:22:23 -0500 Report

I park at least 1 spot farther from work each day. I walk around the outside isles of the local grocery store at least once before I start my shopping, and again before I leave the store. I do modified crunches 100 3 or 4 times daily. When I take my husband to the hopsital for Chemo - I park on the top floor and take the steps. Looking forward to warmer weather when I can walk outside on the weekends.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-08 10:30:05 -0500 Report

I also do the park on the outside trick, but not for the exercise, but because I have an F250 and it does not fit well into the compact spaces! I like the idea of doing crunches. I have a weak knee and so my balance isn't so great, but there are plenty of chairs and countertops around camp to provide support. Now, if I can do them without splitting my pants, I would be happy!

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