Unable to get much exercise

By lanykins Latest Reply 2013-05-19 07:01:05 -0500
Started 2013-05-09 09:12:47 -0500

Does anyone else have the problem of not really being able to exercise? I know it is a very important part of diabetes control. I am quite disabled now due to severe neuropathy throughout my entire body, especially my legs when it comes to exercise. I can walk slowly with a walker but it doesn't seem to really qualify as exercise. My body doesn't seem to think so. I have been taking 5 shots a day for 4 years and though my blood sugars are stable, I wish I could cut back on them. I also can't lose any weight no matter how I monitor my carbs. It seems to me that my lack of exercise is the main problem.

Have any of you out there experienced the same problem? If so, did you find a way to handle it? Is there some kind of way to get the same benefit of exercising without needing to walk well and long or do some other kind of workout? I could really use some advice on this problem. I would be extremely grateful.

9 replies

Chopstix 2013-05-19 07:01:05 -0500 Report

Have been unable to go walking since my bypass surgery. Maybe at my next doctor's visit she will give me the OK.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-05-11 11:48:15 -0500 Report

When I work a morning shift in the memory care unit at work, they do a chair workout. I just make up various moves. Wave your arms and legs around, do stretches to the floor and ceiling. Do a sitting waist twist. Try keeping a balloon or beach ball in the air. Do seatted Rockette kicks. Swing your arms like your playing tennis, ping pong, or badmitten.
Just make up whatever moves you can think of and do.

Fefe12 2013-05-11 02:13:10 -0500 Report

On our public channel ive seen excercises that are done in a chair. I also had an email from I think sparkpeople. They talked about doing yoga from a chair. I would try and look those up

MimiGaRx 2013-05-11 09:59:12 -0500 Report

I have heard of some of these exercises along with using a canned good for a resistance weight for the arms…can you manage 12 ounces or so to lift as a weight?

lanykins 2013-05-11 21:12:05 -0500 Report

I can manage 12 ounces but with the neuropathy in my hands I can't grip a can of food. Maybe I should look for a couple of 12 oz. weights.

lanykins 2013-05-11 09:32:26 -0500 Report

Thank you. I will try to look up the chair exercises. I don't think I would be any good at yoga! But the exercises sound good. I just got a companion for 3 hrs. a week and yesterday she took me walking in the beautiful sunshine. It was very tiring but was good for me. I think we will do that every Friday when the weather is good. Thanks again for your advice.

MimiGaRx 2013-05-09 10:02:14 -0500 Report

I swim and do my exercise in the water. It is low impact for my knee but the resistance is good and the cool temps are wonderful for Georgia. Could you go to a YMCA IN CT?

lanykins 2013-05-09 10:44:06 -0500 Report

There is a YMCA in my town. I used to swim a lot and I still love the water. My main problem would be transportation. I use a van service to go to all my doctors but it costs me $3.00 for each trip. Right now I am budgeting since I will be getting a companion for 4 hrs. a week at $19 per hour. But swimming is a great idea and as soon as I have figured out my finances, I will see if I can get that in. I really need it. Thank you for reminding me of how much I like to swim and there is a pool nearby. I wonder how much the YMCA will charge and if they have special rates for the disabled. By the end of June I am definitely going to check this out! Thank you, Lani

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