Do You Exercise? If so, what type of exercise, and how often.

By jigsaw Latest Reply 2013-11-13 08:05:47 -0600
Started 2013-11-09 09:03:20 -0600

I do at least two brisk walks for 1/2 hour each, almost every day. Sometimes I take a 5 mile bike ride. It definitely gets my metabolism in gear for the entire day. I find that some brief aerobic type exercise around dusk keeps my blood glucose in check all eve, right through till the morning.

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GabbyPA 2013-11-10 21:36:39 -0600 Report

I walk at least 30 minutes every morning. I go swimming two times a week at the gym and now my coach is getting me to do some aerobic exercise. I have been trying to get to a Zumba class for 3 weeks, but this Friday looks like it will be my lucky day.

jigsaw 2013-11-11 06:23:07 -0600 Report

Great idea , utilizing a coach! Your definitely using different muscle groups with the variety of exercise that you are doing. As a matter of fact, I just finished breakfast, and I feel very inspired reading about all this exercise. I'm going out to do my mile brisk walk.

Nick1962 2013-11-10 15:38:20 -0600 Report

Pretty much treadmill walking while listening to tunes an hour a day, and I try to walk on my lunch hour.
Too many broken internal parts to do anything too high impact, but it keeps my weight down and in good enough shape I can enjoy our yearly snorkel trips.

jigsaw 2013-11-10 16:53:59 -0600 Report

Pure and simple, and yet ingenious! A music lover you are, and you've combined your music with your exercise program. I know it helps to motivate one a bit more with exercising. Like you, I occasionally get on my elliptical, (don't have a treadmill anymore) pop on my I-pad, and get totally engulfed in my music. The time goes quickly!
By the way, your under water photos are impressive. Nice work! Many moons ago, I use to spear gun fish near a few jettys on Long Island. Eventually, as you know, I turned to easier and more conventional ways of fishing. Now, and as a precaution, I no longer go out to sea to catch fish. I started thinking about how long it would take to get an ambulance, if I were 20 miles or so out on the ocean. Not a pleasant thought.

Nick1962 2013-11-10 17:32:06 -0600 Report

Used to smelt fish with dip nets off the jettys on Lake Michigan in spring as soon as the ice moved out, and snag fished for coho in late fall. I'm getting too old for that now and the only fish I want to see up close are those in some nice warm Caribbean water or on a plate. Might take a sport fishing trip in December, but the whole catch and release thing seems bad for my karma. Would hate to think there's a higher power doing that with me.

jigsaw 2013-11-11 15:52:18 -0600 Report

Any fish that I ever caught was either eaten or released, in most cases unharmed! I still admit that I felt badly, when I heard that big ole fish flopping around in my fish box. I had to justify it by reasoning that another predater fish would have probably bitten it in half, and had it for a snack! So, I actually saved it from a horrible destiny.
Believe it or not, I love fish! I actually have a few tropical fish tanks. They actually recognize me, and swim over to greet me. Anyone else goes over to the tank, they hide, and you would never know that there are fish in the tank. They are definitely cute little buggers, and they would probably taste pretty good also!

Nick1962 2013-11-11 16:13:45 -0600 Report

Well, maybe my diagnosis was the hook that saved me from a horrible destiny.

Wife has a big freshwater tank, and yep - the little buggers do have personalities. Had to put in a partition after one beta got a little too mean - funny watching the rest swim up to the partition and taunt it like a dog on a short leash. You can train them too!

jigsaw 2013-11-11 20:52:21 -0600 Report

That's an interesting way of looking at it. I think the diagnosis just may be the hook that saved many of us! I suspect that there is a chance that I wouldn't be here otherwise. I'm still here, I feel pretty good in general, and having well controlled diabetes is not as terrible as some people perceive it to be.
So, what do you train the fish to do? How much time does one need to devote to train a fish? Could I watch you train your fish, I would like to see such a feat being performed. Do you say here fishy fishy when it's time to train. I'm just kidding, you don't have to answer, but if you do, I know it will be a good one! By the way, my fish bark when the doorbell rings! It's the funniest thing you ever saw. I also had a minor bird that had a cage in the hallway just outside the bathroom door. He did a perfect imitation of the toilet flushing! All day long this bird sounded like a toilet flushing. It was totally ridiculous! Actually, my fish really don't bark as I'm sure you realized, but the story about the bird is really true.

Nick1962 2013-11-12 08:12:53 -0600 Report

Well, first you buy this kit and send them to fish training school
Like any critter, with food you can train them to play soccer and do many other things.
Even synchronized swimming
I trained one of my wife’s betas to flare on command with a laser pointer
Could have been a show fish

jigsaw 2013-11-12 18:16:56 -0600 Report

Let me know if you house break your fish, and get them to go outdoors to do their business! I hate doing water changes!

Nick1962 2013-11-13 08:05:47 -0600 Report

LOL, no, haven’t managed that yet – she’s going to downsize to a 10g. tank for just that reason too.
Upside is you don’t have to take them out in the cold like we had this morning.

locarb 2013-11-10 15:18:28 -0600 Report

I walk a couple times a week and also do yoga two to three hours a week. It took me a little over a year to learn enough yoga to no longer have to go to a class. It takes about an hour each time and has benefits that walking doesn't (like strength and flexibility). But I have to admit, nothing works better for lowering or controlling BG than walking. I try to encourage everyone to start with even a few steps. In time you're taking longer walks and really enjoying it. I understand some of us are unable to walk. I have seen "chair exercises" offered at community centers and other places.

jigsaw 2013-11-10 16:34:38 -0600 Report

That's some excellent advice locarb! Another beautiful thing about walking, is that it's so easy to do, completely natural, in addition to the great benefits it offers. Whenever I feel to lazy to do more strenuous type exercises, I simply walk!

mrswhitewolf 2013-11-10 11:54:17 -0600 Report

I find that walking, biking, even if it is light walking, helps with keeping my blood sugars in check. I am very new to this (being diabetic type 2) not new to exercise… I have exercised, done heart healthy, but I ended up with some pretty bad genetics and I am fighting to live against all of these genetics. I get frustrated and irritated and mad and I go into stinking thinking, but I have to keep myself pulled out of the stinking thinking and keep on trying. Every single time I get discouraged and want to give up, even if it is short time, something bad happens, so I NEVER give up. I am still trying to figure out what I can eat, not eat, and what things I can eat once in awhile.

jigsaw 2013-11-10 13:00:06 -0600 Report

You seem like a very wise individual. I know what you mean, when you say bad genetics and stinking thinking! I've experienced my share also, and I do my best to squash those feelings when they appear. I can't get rid of my diabetes, but I can do what it takes, to remain as healthy as possible for the rest of my life.
As far as the food thing goes, it's a never ending learning and constant adjusting situation. One general guideline that I stick to is to cut down or even eliminate processed foods. I eat lots of veges, and low glycemic fruits. I also eat healthy type fish, like wild salmon, and cod. Various types of poultry are also on my list. Portion control is a major factor, especially for weight control, and it allows me to eat some foods once in a while that I normally wouldn't. Plenty of fibre, and a good balance of protein, carbs and healthy fats, works for me.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention congratulations, you are heading down the right path!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-11-10 08:19:23 -0600 Report

I walk…a lot of walking at work. Plus stairs, my legs and feet still protest too much if I do too many ups. So, I do cheat and use the elevator for going up, but then walk down.

jigsaw 2013-11-10 09:18:35 -0600 Report

Walking does wonders for me as I'm sure it does for you! Not only does it give my metabolism a boot in the butt, and help keep my bg under control, but as a bonus, it helps keep my weight down! Walking is considered by many pro's to be an excellent form of low impact exercise! Excuse me if I seem to be getting carried away, but I enjoy hearing from those who are taking measures to control their diabetes! Keep "walkin" Graylin!!!

jigsaw 2013-11-10 08:05:08 -0600 Report

Based on the response, I guess very few members exercise! No wonder there are so many with uncontrolled blood glucose!

Tony5657 2013-11-09 12:51:59 -0600 Report

Hey Jigsaw,
Check out the discussion at
Click on the link and read the entire article & see the video. It'll be worth your time.It's working for me.

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

jigsaw 2013-11-09 13:36:21 -0600 Report

Hello Tony,
I read the link that you posted, and it is an excellent summation concerning proper and healthy exercise! Past tense, I did much more exercise then currently. My past exercise program consisted of strength training as well as various aerobic exercises. I alternated between aerobic and non-aerobic every other day for 1 to 2 hours almost every day. Now that I'm a wee bit older, I admit to exercising less. On the other hand, I no longer use a tractor to cut my lawn. I now use a self propelled lawnmower that goes so fast, I have to almost run to keep up with it. It took a bit of modification, but it works! I never use elevators or esculators, and I always park at the far end of the parking lot. Yep, no more football for me (except for some armchair coaching), but a conglomerate of all those little things I do really goes a long way!

Glucerna 2013-11-09 12:49:33 -0600 Report

It's great that you're fitting in exercise just about every day. Our bodies are designed to move, and in today's sedentary lifestyles we often spend more time sitting than moving. I like to start my day with a run or bike ride and just started playing pickleball - has anyone else tried this game? ~Lynn @Glucerna

jigsaw 2013-11-09 13:39:28 -0600 Report

A run or a bike ride sounds great, but what is pickleball?

Glucerna 2013-11-10 18:44:54 -0600 Report

I was hoping someone would ask me more about pickleball! It's a mix of tennis (but on a smaller court), played with a wiffleball, and a raquet that looks like a ping-pong paddle, but a it larger. It doesn't take long to learn, can be played indoors or out, and it's fun. Try googling it for more info and look for a game in your area. ~Lynn @Glucerna

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