Breaking Bad Habits: The Couch Potato

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-08-07 11:19:57 -0500
Started 2012-06-23 19:24:55 -0500

Being a Couch Potato

I mentioned it before that exercise is such a great thing for anyone, but especially for us as diabetics. It is the one time your body doesn't require insulin to get that glucose into your cells and it works for hours after you're done. What else is so helpful? Not much. Walking, swimming, jogging, dance, stretching or weights. Whatever you choose, it is bound to help you with your overall control. I found this snip-it on Everyday Health.

By: Everyday Health:
Exercise is a great non-dietary approach to managing diabetes. “Most of us link up exercise with weight loss and fitness only, but there's more to exercising than meets the eye,” says Naheed Ali, MD, author of Diabetes and You. Studies show that exercise lowers blood sugar and keeps it down for several hours afterward. And while severe diabetes often brings on diabetic neuropathy (nerve pain), exercise releases endorphins, the body's painkiller hormones, helping to alleviate the peripheral nerve pain your diabetes can cause. Exercise is also a key component in the fight against obesity — so get up and get going!

9 replies

Tony5657 2012-08-03 18:47:30 -0500 Report

Hey Gabby, no, I'm not a dud spud anymore. I walk as fast as I can (power walk?) for 45 - 50 minutes 7 days a week and have noticed a HUGE positive difference in my energy level, my mental alertness & my positive thinking (not depressed). It also brought my blood pressure DOWN TO NORMAL without drugs. Thanks for sharing!!

minkley1970 2012-06-25 09:02:50 -0500 Report

How long should one exercise per day is 30 mints to little of time?

GabbyPA 2012-06-25 20:49:02 -0500 Report

It is all based on your goals. Generally 30 minutes a day is a great place to be. You can work up to that. Do it 3-4 days a week. Add to it and change it up to make it interesting.

I started walking by just doing it 5 minutes a day and added to it. Before I knew it I was out for about 45 minutes. That was my goal and it took about a month to build up to that.

I also love to swim, and have to find a way to get that into my routine. Of course now, with all the rain we have been getting, I can almost swim in my street. LOL