Exercise is not Optional: Your Life Depends on It!

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2015-08-04 20:25:59 -0500
Started 2014-08-24 06:26:30 -0500

I try not to use the title of the articles I find, but this one I couldn't change.

This is a great article on how our whole body needs exercise, not just our glucose or weight. http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/white-s...

It is not just one kind of exercise either…you need as much of a range as you can get to benefit the different parts of your body.
For instance:
Resistance training for your bone strength
Aerobic for your heart, lungs and nervous system
Moderate exercise helps with depression, sleep, immune system and regeneration of cells in all parts of your body

The last statement was worded kind of weird though "Lastly, regular physical activity extends your life. Research has shown that people who follow federal guidelines for physical activity reduce their risk of dying by 25 to 35 percent." Sorry to burst your bubble, we will all eventually die, but we can live longer and hopefully better when we exercise.

55 replies

Flutterkick 2015-08-04 08:06:40 -0500 Report

LOL Gabby, I always find it odd when they put the "risk of dying" that way. Can't they reword it for those of us who are not research geeks, to know what that means, exactly?

It's always helpful to get reminders about the value of exercise - thank you!
I have been out walking and it helps me feel good about myself.

GabbyPA 2015-08-04 08:11:41 -0500 Report

If exercise made me immortal, I don't know if I would do more or less of it. LOL

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-08-04 18:56:13 -0500 Report

Immortal…oh no!!!…I believe in God…I believe in my heavenly reward…good lord don't keep me alive forever…all this earthy suffering HAS to lead to something good…it cant go on forever!!!!

Flutterkick 2015-08-04 11:57:24 -0500 Report

I think you are already immortal because of how much you contribute on here :)
I wish I knew how to send a friend request on here, because I would send one to you!

GabbyPA 2015-08-04 20:25:34 -0500 Report

Just click on her picture and it will take you to her profile. There you choose "connect" and that will allow you to invite her to be your friend.

roxanne bohnnow
roxanne bohnnow 2015-01-11 20:58:18 -0600 Report

I wish there were a way for me to get exercise without sending my heart into orbit. I have an enlarged heart and the walls of my heart are thicker then what is considered normal. Even walking 75 feet is difficult for me, not to mention that I am on oxygen 24/7 and have been for over 3 years now. If you can think of a way that can help me, I will try anything at this point.

GabbyPA 2015-01-12 13:30:46 -0600 Report

Have you looked into chair exercising? Even just doing a little. Your condition is of course very different from most. Have you ever spoken to your doctor about what you could do to get a little more active?

rachel702 2014-09-03 00:50:03 -0500 Report

I miss walking. Me and my little girl walked every morning after I found out. She promised to help me with my exercise so I could be healthier. She is a perfect workout buddy.:) However in April i was in a car wreck and now in a wheel chair. I spent a month in the hospital recovering from many injuries including a broken hip. I am currently waiting on my second surgery for that hip which will be a replacement..There is nothing I miss more then the morning walks with my daughter and I cannot wait to get back to them.
I didnt know weight training was good for me as well..great article thank you for sharing it.:)

GabbyPA 2014-09-03 05:59:46 -0500 Report

My husband is in a wheelchair and he goes with me sometimes on my walk. He cannot go as far as I do, but he gets out there. Maybe you and your little one can take a walk to the end of the block and back? Just to get out.

rachel702 2014-09-08 22:35:25 -0500 Report

Because I am currently bone on bone I can only walk to the end of the side walk with my walker. Anything else is too painful.

rolly123 2014-08-30 21:29:32 -0500 Report

I liked article i do find hard to exercise because bad knees! But when I was lots lots heavier walking took off most my weight! I do good for several day then get lazy that my emery ! If walk with someone I do better but bymyself don't do good! I tried find someone but I live in boonies! Any exercise inside help that not hard on knees!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-08-30 20:48:42 -0500 Report

Gabby, this is a great article. Thank you for the heads up! I am trying to get better about exercising. I don't enjoy it that much and it is hard to find chunks of time to actually do it. But I feel better when I do. What I tell myself and my clients is that taking good care of yourself -- including exercise -- makes the rest of your life possible. It keeps that foundation stronger. Gary

Mary LR
Mary LR 2014-09-03 22:58:10 -0500 Report

I used to do lots of exercising before being diagnosed with LADA. I have other diabetic complications as well but I try to get outside and walk everyday. I would like to be able to do more than just walk but my body does not permit that to take place. I only have 2 years left out of the 10 that I was given before being in a wheelchair. I know that as long as I am able to walk any at all, I will defeat the 10 year prognosis. As long as I can prevent myself from going into another coma, I will continue to do my walking and love it, no matter how much pain I have to endure. One thing that helps me is to remember I am not going to be another statistic, but the one who surpassed it. It helps with my determination. If we look at each thing we are told about diabetes and pick one at a time to conquer we will know it will not defeat us. I walk at least 1 mile a day over rough terrain, and on a really good day, I walk more.

GabbyPA 2014-09-04 07:37:14 -0500 Report

Beat those odds! My husband did, for 9 years after his bike accident, he walked. He's in a chair now, and people told him he would most likely not last more than 10 years in a chair. He's going on 17. You can do it with the right attitude.

barbaracarol 2014-09-04 14:37:59 -0500 Report

My son in my pic died in October of 2012. This has forever changed me. Made it really hard to control my blood sugars…

GabbyPA 2014-09-04 15:48:48 -0500 Report

I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a child is not as it should be. My parents lost my brother in 2001.

jerrymc 2014-08-26 17:11:52 -0500 Report

it tAKES time deb… just don,t give up i hit it really hard ..you can do light weights plus cardio .i am not heavy weight lifter..but in my case i do lift as heavy as i can building muscle helps bring numbers down 15-20 mon cardio is good bimp it up as your body will allow.. dont over do it. if your body says stop i am tired STOP.. drink lots fluids you can do this plus watch how ya eat

debcox 2014-08-26 10:56:19 -0500 Report

Thanks for posting the article, Gabby. It was really good. I resisted exercise for so long because I felt bad, was so out of shape and really don't like to sweat much. After 4 months of riding and 6 weeks of working out, I feel great. I still have a ways to go and will probably never look like the people in the exercise video that I do but I'm really okay with that because I am in the best shape of my life (well since my 20's) and each day I improve. I'm definitely sleeping better.

My youngest grandson (5 years old) said that he was not sure which grandma he liked better; the old fat grandma that let them watch a lot of television and snacks or the new improved, skinny grandma who gave them healthy snacks but rode bikes, played soccer and swam with them. The new grandma helps pick up things but makes them mostly makes them pick up after themselves. I laughed and said that the choice was not theirs that they have to keep the new grandma. My grandsons all said that they like the fact that I can hug them better because my tummy wasn't in the way so much :-)

You're right that none of us will get out of this world alive but with exercise we will be able to enjoy the life we have.

ReaderReader12 2014-08-27 11:24:38 -0500 Report

Hi debcox,
I loved what your grandson had to say about your change and trying to decide what grandma he liked best. I can picture him thinking hard about it. Out of the mouths of babes.
Good for you keep up the good work. I am like that didn't move cause I hurt to much, but needed to move to get the weight off cause it was making me hurt. Just stuck. Now finally making head way and it is wonderful. Still not to the point that I am crazy about exercising, but in part cause I have started having hot flashes. Yuck. I am liking the fact that my clothes are feeling bigger and bigger all the time. I am down a size and working towards the next size. I will never, ever go back to what I was. I think I will look like a Chinese Shar-Pei ( that dog with all the wrinkles). My forehead might hit the windshield in the car if I have to stop fast and the swinging junk under my arms might threaten to put my eye out if it gets to swinging. I do not care i am going to keep going and be totally joyful for my journey and how far I have come and have yet to go. I will be laughing all the way. Good luck on your journey.

debcox 2014-08-27 12:46:05 -0500 Report

Hi Pam,
Good for you, I was like that also. When I was on my way up to 200, I said that I'd never get to that weight. Then, 225 and 249. When I got to 249 and found out that I had diabetes, I don't know why I was surprised but I put my foot down and said that I was sick of it. I rode my bike 3 miles to start and thought I was going to die. Then, doing the exercise video with Jillian Michaels, I knew I was going to die :-) She talks to the people with her and us so I talk back. I said, "What do you mean, I'm not going to die." It took time to get to where we were and it will take time to get down. I am within 5 lbs of my first goal and then it will be 10 lbs at a time till I get down to my goal weight. I know what you mean about the arms and wrinkles but this workout is doing me good. My arms are thinner and stronger and not as much jiggle. In one of the exercise, you have to lift yourself off the ground with one arm to do a side crunch. I can lift myself up but not all the way and I do 5 to their 10-12 but I'm happy that I can do it at all. By Christmas, I should be about 15 lbs lighter and may be able to do the exercise :-)

jerrymc 2014-08-25 19:53:14 -0500 Report

i can say since joining a gym lifting weights doing cardio after . has brought my numbers down . for the most i only take 500mg metformin in the morning .unless my b.s is over 160. then i take one at night also i seldom have to take night meds.. excersize does help

debcox 2014-08-26 10:58:07 -0500 Report

Thanks for posting, Jerry. This sure gives me hope that I my new exercising lifestyles will help my numbers. Hooray for you!!!

ReaderReader12 2014-08-25 12:39:30 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby,
Thank you for this post I read the article and then read it again out loud. It was just what I needed to hear at the just the right time. I then went downstairs and walked. I would have gone outside, but it is hot and i am having so many hot flashes. Yuck. Anyway i will be walking again in a few minutes. I also talked to myself while I walked and it was so nice I had music on and I just talked out loud to myself like I was walking with a good friend. That is what I am becoming to myself and that is a good thing. So I ran down a bunch of the changes I have been making over the last month and a half. I talked about future goals. Real reachable goals that is not the sort of large totally out of reach ones I used to try and set. It was a very good walk and I felt so good when I was done. I came upstairs feeling so good and with a fresh and clear mind.


TLTanner 2014-08-25 11:20:53 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby!

Very good article. You are right, I like that last line too! Thank you for sharing!


Glucerna 2014-08-24 16:38:43 -0500 Report

I love all the stories about how you fit exercise into your life and all the benefits it brings you. We often forget that exercise has so many benefits beyond weight control and diabetes management - plus it's fun! Thanks for the great article Gabby. ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2014-08-25 05:37:30 -0500 Report

I have yet to make it fun, but it is important. If I could find something I really like to do, I guess it would make it fun.

debcox 2014-08-26 11:04:12 -0500 Report

Gabby, I think that it is a matter of finding something that you enjoy, no matter what it is. My hubby was always trying to make me walk as exercise and I don't like walking. I love riding my bike though so I do. He rode with me for 3 days last week which was great. He said that now he sees why I like to go.

TLTanner 2014-08-26 12:21:25 -0500 Report

I'm trying to get the boyfriend to exercise with me. Both of us are out of shape. LOL I cannot run due to my disability and asthma, even walking is difficult for me. I'm wanting to try Yoga and I think I have found a good place to start on youtube.com but we'll see how that goes. I need the stretching and everything that's involved with Yoga. :-)

I'm glad that there are people in this group that have someone they can exercise with and make it more fun to do so. I wish everyone in this group the best luck!


Glucerna 2014-08-25 16:50:08 -0500 Report

Often exercise is fun when we're part of a group. I'm learning to play pickleball, and it's so much fun that we spend a lot of time laughing. I have friends who don't really like to run, but they're part of a running group because of the camaraderie and fun. I'm sure you'll find something that's fun for you. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Type1Lou 2014-08-24 13:43:20 -0500 Report

Since turning 65, I've joined a health club and have been able to get there twice a week to do both aerobic and weight-resistance training. I spend a total of 1 hr 20 minutes at each session and feel great. I'm trying to get there 3 times a week but, so far, other scheduled activities interfere. Like Tony, I wish I could get my 71 year old spouse to join me in working out but he's not interested, so I don't push it. Maybe eventually he'll come around. I agree with you Gabby about the "35 % risk of dying" statement…seems like they omitted the qualifier "prematurely" which would have made more sense.

GabbyPA 2014-08-25 05:38:51 -0500 Report

LOL...yes. The whole thing is kind of worded that way. But I just thought the last statement was almost funny...Perhaps it's the fountain of youth?

teacherspet 2014-08-24 11:17:33 -0500 Report

WOW! did you pick this topic just for ME? I am a swimmer, mainly because I have very very bad knees and NO I am no longer thinking of getting them replaced.
(Another topic for discussion). But swimming allows me the opportunity to do my PT in the water for the knees, plus laps are great cardio and aerobic exercises. That being said, I have to get me and my suit there. I swim in a local motel pool, that although small, offers it's use to people from the community during the week. I have one problem with it, I can get into the pool, I can get out, I can tottle over the the restroom to change…but the bathroom floor is tile and VERY slippery, other than comas, high sugars and dying my biggest fear is falling or slipping and falling. I have purposely stayed away for the entire summer because of the floors…I have to get back to this pool as my option is gone. SO YES! Exercise, even if you just walk (if you can) is so important, and I found lowers my sugars and ups my attitude. Here's a thought, articles I've read have said that people who have dogs exercise more. Adopt a furry friend, and make him your reason to get out!

GabbyPA 2014-08-25 05:40:31 -0500 Report

Swimming is what I like too. The only thing I like actually. If it were not for my dog, I would not enjoy my walks either. She is my best exercise buddy.

tabby9146 2014-08-24 09:38:41 -0500 Report

so true! not an option. I love to vary it, and interval training is great. for those who can do the more intense bursts of exercise for a minute, or short period of time, like in aerobics for example, and then go back down to low impact. I have not read the articles yet, but I will. I love to start out with yoga and then go into cardio. I also love to have my 3 lb. weights and do arm exercises and others and I need to get 5 lbs, weights and then maybe go up just a little from there.

Tony5657 2014-08-24 08:19:22 -0500 Report

Thank you Gabby!!!!!!! I sent this to my wife and hopefully she'll be inspired to take exercise seriously. Currently I can only get her outside for a "slow walk" about 3 times a week and she has to stop every block for a rest, sometimes more often. I've told her that her weight and being so out of shape has much to do with her depression and negative attitude. She doesn't want to hear that. I even tried saying that I'm sending out resumes for my next wife for when she croaks!! LOL She laughed and said, "Who would have you?." I'm trying to convince her to just do what she can do and gradually increase.
Again, thanks for this. We all need to take this seriously. I have been doing this for several years and I feel GREAT! It's well worth the effort and it gets more and more fun with time. The rewards are fantastic…
Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX now at 70 years OLD.

TLTanner 2014-08-25 11:14:23 -0500 Report

Hi Tony,

Suggestion, even though I do not know you or your wife, but you said she has to rest often during your walks. Have you considered one of those walkers with wheels that has the seat on it? We found it helps our 83 year old friend to walk, not only better, but faster and safely. Plus, she has a seat there with her when she needs to rest. Just a thought. Keep up the good work!


Tony5657 2014-08-26 04:21:22 -0500 Report

Thanks Teresa for your suggestion but she doesn't need one of those walkers with wheels. She is gradually getting stronger. In the house she walks an extremely fast walk, but that's short spurts. I'm being patient with her when I can get her outside where we take many rest stops..

GabbyPA 2014-08-24 09:47:29 -0500 Report

At least she is doing something. Some don't do anything but sit and work on a computer...oh...that used to be me. LOL

Tony5657 2014-08-26 04:28:15 -0500 Report

I agree, Gabby. I continue telling her that I'm proud of her and encouraging her that the walking WILL get easier and become fun. Now I look forward to my early morning fast walk. It energises me. Hopefully some day she will be able to go on that walk with me IF I can get her up that early. I love watching the sun start to come up as I'm coming home. Beautiful.

debcox 2014-08-26 11:10:32 -0500 Report

I agree with you, Tony about watching the sunrise. I see it come up each morning on my ride. I live in a rural area so as the sun comes up, I hear the animals waking up also (cows, sheep and horses). I often see antelope, coyotes and owls. A couple of weeks ago, I crested a hill and a small herd of antelope were crossing so I stopped and watched them.

GabbyPA 2014-08-26 08:09:27 -0500 Report

That is one of the perks of my walks with the dog in the morning. We try to get out before all the school kids and that usually means a nice peek at a beautiful sunrise.

Pegsy 2014-08-24 07:14:32 -0500 Report

Great article, thank you for posting. Nothing brings my glucose down faster than exercise. I get aerobic exercise every single day. Resistance training at least 3 times per week, sometimes more. Thanks to exercise and careful diet I have lost 94 lbs. I reached my goal weight 2 days ago. I find exercise is a great stress reliever too! If I miss exercise for day, I find that I don't sleep as well. Much as I hate being diabetic, the diagnosis turned my life around by motivating me to take much better care of my body. My soul too! No better time to pray than when I am out walking several miles!

debcox 2014-08-26 11:12:55 -0500 Report

I agree with you totally. If I had not been diagnosed, I'd probably still be sitting on my couch watching television. I'm so happy for you regarding your weight lose.

Hops 2014-08-24 07:11:25 -0500 Report

I love the fact that exercise improves the thought process. I got back into exercising in 1987 when I became a peanut vendor at Twins, Vikings, and Gopher games. I realized how out of shape I was early in my first Twins game. I learned to walk and shout "peanuts" for three hours which helped walk 10 miles per game. With more than 120 events each year I stayed in shape, never slept better at day's end and my blood sugars stayed at a healthy 5.7 A1C which pleased my doctor no end These days walking three to five miles really helps keep my blood sugar in a healthy range of rarely more than 200 and mostly from 150 down to 90.

MichaelCL 2014-08-24 07:10:32 -0500 Report

I agree. It's been really hot and humid here in Nashville. I have used that for an excuse. However, I do belong to the YMCA, and will start again first thing Monday morning. It's not open now… Tyvm Gabby, let's all get going!…Michael

MoeGig 2014-08-24 06:41:52 -0500 Report

On my way to the gym as I read this…waiting for coffee to finish perking before I fill my go cup. Will read the article when I return, but have always believed that to be true.

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