By crisb1 Latest Reply 2014-03-18 01:29:35 -0500
Started 2014-03-08 14:41:16 -0600

I'm new to this group. I have had type 2 diabetes for over 7 years. I was heavily involved in martial arts, racquetball and other strenuous sports all my life but last year I became very ill with multiple health issues (diabetes being at the forefront). I have been medically cleared to do those things activities again but I haven't been able to get motivated and sometimes just when I start, I get down, feel tired and give up on it. Can anyone share how they overcame this problem?

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crisb1 2014-03-18 01:29:35 -0500 Report

Thank you all for your great advice. I guess I have to get used to the word "slow" as I can be inpatient. I learned one of my favorite pro r-ball players is coming into town in May to conduct a clinic and I'm thinking about going just to get out with the younger crowd and have fun.

tabby9146 2014-03-09 10:14:39 -0500 Report

maybe you need to start slow like Joyce said, and find something you like doing. If you don't want to do racquetball anymore, walk, slow at first, as far as you can, then later, walk slow, then get faster, and build up to a couple of miles or so. Maybe join the "Y' and take up swimming, or something else. You might even be interested in yoga even men love yoga, many of them professional athletes, I know from my own experience with yoga, that it helps build strength, endurance, really builds up those muscles and I love to start my day with it. On the days I do not feel much like exercise, I do yoga first, and it gives me more energy and I always end up wanting to do aerobics after that. there are many different types, some are metabolism boosters, some are like a cardio type of yoga, others like power yoga, and still others that are just relaxing but help you in so many ways at the same time. I am studying , taking courses now in fitness.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-08 17:05:00 -0600 Report

Take it slow. Don't expect to be in tip top shape to do all that you were doing. Sometimes when a person rushes back into something they enjoyed prior to an illness, they are left feeling the way you are feeling now.

Take small steps, practice for 20 mins to an hour each day until you get your momentum back. Before you know it, you will be back up to where you were before you were ill and you might be even better.

jayabee52 2014-03-08 15:32:26 -0600 Report

Howdy crisp!
WELCOME to Diabetic connect.

I had a period of time where I was laid low due to kidney infection and needing dialysis. I had been a non-professional dancer for several years prior to that. Of course needing the dialysis knocked me down, and I stayed away from dance classes I used to attend on Sun nights .

Eventually the dialysis built me up well enough I could go and eventually I got up the nerve to try to dance. I loved it so much and got such good endorphins going I kept dancing for most of that night and went back the next week until the classes stopped a couple of years later. I loved to do the east coast swing (aka "Jitterbug") and also the "Contra" dance, similar to square dance. (actually the parent form of SD - which I also love to do). Both are very vigorous.

I guess my motivation stemmed from my love of dancing. If I considered it a drag I wouldn't have made the effort to get back to it.

God's best to you
James Baker