Exercise for a diabetic with other health issues

Deyasha404
By Deyasha404 Latest Reply 2011-08-25 12:38:14 -0500
Started 2011-08-20 21:04:03 -0500

I am a type 2 diabetic and have recently started exercising and trying to eat better. I went to LA Fitness with a friend and was having alot of trouble walking because of my knees. I have nerve damage that causes me a great deal of pain. I have severe issues with my knees and my ankles. I'm really wanting to get healthy and be a better me. Does anyone out there have any weight loss/exercise tips I could use to make this process a little bit easier on me? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Deyasha404
Deyasha404 2011-08-25 12:38:14 -0500 Report

Thank you all for your ideas. I will definitely look into all of your suggestions. Especially the free water exercise classes in my city. And RAYT721, I promise not to try any of those crazy fad diets!!! :)

RAYT721
RAYT721 2011-08-21 16:10:07 -0500 Report

The responses given pretty much summarize the response that I was about to offer. Just remember that the best exercise comes from the things you can do rather than those which you can't or don't want to do. Exercise burns calories so it doesn't matter how you get exercise. Anything you do is better than nothing. Start off very slowly and then gradually increase your activity. The same thing is true for weight loss. Slow and steady wins the race. You'll lose your mind before you lose weight if you try starving yourself. Drop 25 calories a day from your usual menu plan, then aim for 50, then aim for 100. Promise me you won't try any of the many insane diet plans out there. If any of them truly worked you would have already heard about it.

realsis77
realsis77 2011-08-21 15:09:45 -0500 Report

I think water exercises would really help your knees! You can get a wonderful workout in water and it won't hurt your joints! Possiably your city might have classes open to the public for water exercise? Or your doctor can refer and have your insurance pay for a type of water physical thearpy! I did this and it was wonderful! They work on exercises that help with sore joints and areas! That might be an idea? It really helps with range of motion and is excellant exercise! I wish you the best! God bless

Doryian
Doryian 2011-08-21 07:08:04 -0500 Report

I'm not exactly in your situation - but do have a few thoughts… Maybe any type of water exercise program or just swimming will be easier on your legs. Would it put less pressure on your knees if you rode the stationary bike? Or the elliptical machine - at least you won't have the impact of stepping. I've also seen rowing machines. They might help you with the cardio - but would mostly use your arms.

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