Keeping your activity level up. Any ideas to share? Need some help?

Dr Gary
By Dr GaryCA Latest Reply 2015-01-03 14:03:31 -0600
Started 2014-12-29 19:18:20 -0600

Your doctor tells you. Your friends and family tell you. You tell yourself.

Stay active!

And as we begin the new year – and head into cold weather for many of us – you might be giving yourself a talk about what you want to do to stay healthy. If so, you’re probably also talking to yourself about your activity level.

A confession: My couch is my favorite place in the world. I could stay there all day. But like you, I have learned to push myself throughout the day to keep moving. I make activity as enjoyable as possible. But the goal is to push. And I have to say I do like the way I feel when I am staying mindful of the importance of movement.

What about you?

I recently wrote an article about motivating yourself to stay as active as possible, and in a way that is safe, realistic and, hopefully, enjoyable. Here’s a link:

So I’m wondering… what do you do to stay active in a way that is safe and reasonable? Anything you especially enjoy doing?

How do you motivate yourself? Any ideas to share?

And if you’re struggling to keep your activity level up, how can we help?

Looking forward to hearing about your approach to maintaining your activity level!

76 replies

Stuart1966 2015-01-02 12:40:43 -0600 Report

Heard a program on the way home from work, very late one night days ago. Described very negative consequences we set for ourselves, if, if we do not achieve XYZ.

Send money to a group you would never approve of. Provide help to a true enemy. Eat a cheese you hate, drink a glass of something you loathe… Some distasteful and unpleasant motivations.

Another approach. Only heard the last three minutes of the program, but sounded fascinating.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-01-02 19:34:03 -0600 Report

Hi Stuart, that's pretty interesting. Sounds like a way of punishing yourself if you don't meet the goals you set. I can see the point here, but also wonder if all that negativity might just make you want to give up. It seems to me like reasonable rewards might be an even better incentive. Thanks for sharing this.

Stuart1966 2015-01-02 19:45:55 -0600 Report

The last three minutes suggested the negative path motivations. So offensive to someone's beliefs, moral codes that we meet the goal because sending money to an animal kill shelter, the society for the maintenance of ancient Spartan bigotry, donating time to a group you cannot stand.

If the motivation was offensive enough, we tend to meet the goal we set, rather than carry through with that hideous thing. Weird and counter intuitive technique. One of many

sandyfrazzini 2015-01-02 10:52:24 -0600 Report

Hi Dr. Gary, I always find your posts inspiring, motivational and pretty helpful and this one is no different. I am a type 1 for 32 years and have be pumping for 8 years, I was fairly active until I was diagnosed with Rhuematoid arthritis. I changed from a more active job to a desk job after my divorce because I needed to have health insurrance and then I gained some weight do to pain and inactivity and the desk job didn't really help. I have been feeling better lately and have started to walk a lot more than I have in years, I don't feel like it is enough and I really want to start doing more, sometimes pain and fatigue have a mind of there own and can be very discouraging. I am trying to stay upbeat and possitive, so I we speak to my rhuematologist in two weeks to see what else I can do. I wish I had someone that I could talk to that would help keep me motivated. Happy New Year!!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-01-02 19:30:14 -0600 Report

Hey Sandy! Nice to see you! And thanks a lot for your kind words. I really appreciate knowing I am helpful to you in some way. Really sorry about the RA diagnosis. Yes, that certainly has an impact on your ability to stay active. And I have a desk job myself, so I can also relate on how hard it is to keep moving. Really glad to hear you are able to do more walking, that's a great way to exercise. I hope you won't be self-critical here, you are doing a lot for yourself. One step at a time, don't push yourself too hard when you aren't feeling up to it. Sounds like you are pretty motivated. I know having someone to give you encouragement, and make you accountable, can help. Stay in touch with us and let us give you some support. Thanks for checking in, my friend!

rhett t
rhett t 2015-01-01 18:24:17 -0600 Report

hey Dr Gary, To tell the truth my dog Oscar helps to keep me going. I have fibromyalgia and have had back surgery and right now one of my screws has sifted . and sometimes pain is severe. I still take him for a walk. he's very good about not pulling on me. trying to walk farther and on level ground.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-01-01 19:53:48 -0600 Report

Hey Rhett,

Nice to meet you. And thanks for checking in. SO sorry to hear about the pain you are experiencing. It must be a real challenge for you.

I think dogs are great companions. They keep you active, and they provide unconditional love. What's better than that?

Stay in touch with us, my friend! And take care of yourself!


valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-01 07:30:54 -0600 Report

Hi Dr. Gary,
As you may and may not know but I 'm wheelchair bound. Excersise is difficult at best. But, I do give it my best, everyday. I do isometeric excersise with weights around my ankles. My therapist is the best. I excersise my arms and upper body with hand weights.(bar bells) The isometeric comes into play with my core. That's about it, i do my best and it works for me. Today is January1…hHAPPY HEALTHY NEW YEar TO EV.ERYONE

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-01 00:26:50 -0600 Report

Hi Dr. Gary,
As you may and may not know but I 'm wheelchair bound. Excersise is difficult at best. But, I do give it my best, everyday. I do isometeric excer
with weights around my ankles. My therapist is the best.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-01-01 12:20:25 -0600 Report

Hey valentine lady! I do remember that. It's great that you have found some exercises you can do, and that you are sticking with a routine that makes sense for you. I have often heard how important it is to do what you can to strengthen your core. Really glad to hear you have a good physical therapist, worth their weight in gold! And Happy New Year to you, too, my friend!

RebDee 2014-12-31 16:37:48 -0600 Report

I just saw this on Facebook: Stop thinking about how stressed you are and start thinking about how blessed you are. That is a wonderful thing to say and a wonderful way to be.

haoleboy 2014-12-31 16:35:55 -0600 Report

I keep dumbbells around the house … as I type this I am lifting with my left hand. this is a habit I started for stroke recovery … and my motivation? as a stroke survivor that's easy … I DO NOT plan on having another (one was more than enough, thank you very much)


Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-31 17:56:32 -0600 Report

Hey haoleboy! Absolutely, that is very good motivation to keep active. Glad you are taking good care of yourself, my friend! And thanks for checking in.

Pegsy 2014-12-30 12:43:06 -0600 Report

I was very active as a young person. I just ran circles around all the other kids. As an adult however, I got to be pretty lazy and put on a lot of weight. My health started spiraling downward from there.

When I was diagnosed as diabetic it was like a switch inside of me was flipped. Even before I made dietary changes I began to exercise. There have been (and still are) many days that I just don't feel like exercising. My moto has been, "Just do it anyway." I am always glad that I did, afterward. I always feel better and exercise does wonders for my sleep. Some days I do resistance training. Some days I work out to an exercise video. Some days I take a very long walk (when the weather is nice). Some days it's a much shorter walk. Some days it's just 20 minutes on a treadmill. But I do get some exercise just about every day. Nothing brings down my glucose faster. I look back on those years of inactivity and wonder how it got to that point. I was such an active kid and teenager.

Experiencing the health benefits of exercise has me determined to stay as active as possible for the rest of my life. The hubby and I are thinking about taking up bicycling together. We'll see how that goes, LOL.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-31 17:39:50 -0600 Report

Hi Pegsy, what you describe is a pretty normal occurrence. We just have a way of becoming more sedentary as we get older, all the more reason to push ourselves into an exercise routine. Wow, you have a great routine in place. That's excellent. I totally agree: Just do it anyway. I also try to remind myself of good I will feel afterwards, another motivator. Sounds like you have some nice variety in your routine, switching it up is a great idea. Really inspiring words here. You are pushing yourself but also getting incredible benefits, even measurable benefits when you see the results in your glucose level. Keep us posted on the biking! Thanks for sharing this with us!

debcox 2014-12-31 16:47:04 -0600 Report

You'll like bicycle riding. I love to ride. I wanted to today but we have 4-6 inches of snow outside so I guess it is the treadmill:-)

sweetslover 2014-12-31 15:55:42 -0600 Report

It sounds like you have a lot of different activities you can fall back on to keep from getting bored with your exercise.

denipink57 2014-12-30 09:14:46 -0600 Report

i have osteoarthritis and i have to stay active otherwise i seize up. my method of activity is to walk. i use a walker so i can only walk outdoors when the weather allows me to.

i attend a psychotherapy group at the local hospital so on those days after my group i walk around the hospital corridors. this keeps me healthy and safe and this is my goal.

being active is very high on my radar so i make allowance for a daily walk as much as possible.

Happy and Healthy New Year's Dr. Gary and members.


Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-31 17:18:57 -0600 Report

Hey denipink, great to see you I understand what you mean about needing to keep moving. And I am glad to hear you have a routine in place with the regular walking. That's great. Also glad to hear you are combining your group with some walking, that's like a double therapeutic dose! Great, keep that walking on the radar screen! And a happy and healthy New Year's to you, too!

elizag1 2014-12-30 08:58:08 -0600 Report

I do the normal house work, sweep, vacume, laundry, dishes, dust and move items around…if I could only get out doors with my dog, she pulls me to run and, it is sometimes too cold for me. I try to do exercise videos on the computer..some with weights.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-31 17:15:05 -0600 Report

Hi elizag1, it sounds like you are pretty active with all that work around the house, along with those videos. I know what you mean about the cold weather. Hard to stay active outside. Spring is coming... in a few months. Thanks for checking in.

lilleyheidi 2014-12-30 08:25:17 -0600 Report

I move. From the bed to the sofa, to the kitchen, to the sofa, to the bed. Pretty much it. I did join the gym in Nov, and went religiously all month and actually enjoyed it, but then my car broke down and we had several ice storms and Christmas and excuse and excuse and excuse and I stopped going. I do plan to go back starting Jan 1. I'm limited, but I can do the bike for 10 minutes at a stretch. Any movement is better than none. I just have to find the right motivation, and my health is my motivation now. HUGS Heidi

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-31 17:13:17 -0600 Report

Hey lileyheidi, thanks for checking in and I appreciate your honesty. Believe me, I know how hard it is to keep an exercise routine going. It takes time to build it up but you can fall out of the habit in one day. Getting a routine going can feel like working against human nature. Be kind to yourself, and patient. Sounds like you are ready to get back to it. That's great. Take it one baby step at a time. And yes, feeling better is great motivation Keep us posted on how you're doing!

sweetslover 2014-12-31 15:58:52 -0600 Report

Even when on the sofa, move your arms and legs. Put on some music and swing your arms to the beat. Tap your feet, march while sitting down. Make up your own movements to improve your range of motion. You will be surprised how much you can enjoy a little "silliness."

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-31 17:07:50 -0600 Report

sweetslover, this is a very good idea. I have a five pound weight that I keep near my TV-watching chair, and do some arm lifts when I watch TV.

sweetslover 2014-12-31 20:47:37 -0600 Report

My husband sometimes gives me strange looks when he walks into the room when I am on the sofa, my legs up in the air, "air dancing." So far, he has been smart enough not to comment.

lilleyheidi 2014-12-31 02:03:23 -0600 Report

PS, i sure could use some help with motivation.

sweetslover 2014-12-31 20:49:13 -0600 Report

I got a compliment today at the pool on how nice my legs looked. That motivated me to work really hard. Think of one body part you would like to look better and see if that helps to motivate you.

Type1Lou 2014-12-30 08:06:12 -0600 Report

I just bought a 5-speed bike at a local yard sale and have been discovering that there are hills in Florida! My 2015 resolution continues to try and get out several times a week to exercise in order to keep my A1c in the mid to low 6's.

debcox 2014-12-31 17:32:10 -0600 Report

I love riding my bike and it has helped me get my A1C down to 5.4. We don't have many hills in AZ but we do have long grades on roads. I started with 3 miles at a time 3 days a week. I now ride 11-18 miles a day. It has helped me lose weight and lower my blood pressure. Make sure you take snacks with you. I take my glucose level before taking off and have not only a bottle of water but a 15oz bottle of juice with me. I also take a couple of string cheese sticks and a package of peanut butter crackers. Exercise effects everyone differently but it is good for you. Just start slow and work up to a few miles. I also purchased a road id bracelet to wear whenever I am out and about especially by myself. Good luck and have fun!!!

Type1Lou 2014-12-31 18:27:29 -0600 Report

Great routine Deb! Since I'm on an insulin pump, I've learned that I need to reduce my basal insulin delivery during exercise. When I walk 3 miles in under an hour, I need to suspend my basal insulin for the duration of the exercise, otherwise, I'll go too low. With the biking, I've reduced my basal by 50% to begin with. Not only do I carry water and glucose tabs, I have my MedicAlert Id and a cell phone with me for my outings. I love using an insulin pump since it gives me the option to reduce or increase my basal insulin as needed…you can;t do that with injections of long-acting insulin.

Type1Lou 2015-01-01 07:49:28 -0600 Report

Not really…once I made the effort to understand how my pump works and how my metabolism responds to insulin. I was on injections of insulin for 35 years before trying a pump and I'm kicking myself for having waited so ling. I hope I never have to go back to injections. Gary Scheiner's book "Think Like a Pancreas" really helped me to understand my diabetes.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-31 17:07:06 -0600 Report

Hey Type1Lou! Congratulations. Sounds like you have found a way to help keep yourself healthy and that you can enjoy. You all in Florida are so fortunate, all that beautiful weather year round. Have fun!

sweetslover 2014-12-31 21:01:57 -0600 Report

We are blessed with good weather most of the time if you ignore the occasional hurricane. Also, you have to get used to looking like someone dumped a bucket of water over you because of the humidity. I love it here—born and raised. Family has been here for 7 generations.

sweetslover 2014-12-31 16:01:18 -0600 Report

Yes, we definitely have hills in Florida. The Clermont and Gainesville areas have some of the best.

Type1Lou 2014-12-31 18:28:58 -0600 Report

I'm down on the Nature Coast, near Crystal River. Lovin the mild winters down here!

sweetslover 2015-01-01 10:27:58 -0600 Report

There are also bike trails on the Florida Greenway if you like riding through the woods. I understand that some are challenging and others more moderate.

Anonymous 2014-12-30 07:08:48 -0600 Report

Staying active for me is to have a vision to prove something to my self and whoever else might be interested in what I learn. Actually I have two visions one I started many years ago and that was to see how staying fit would impact my old age. I observed old people and decided I didn't want to be like they were when I got to that age. The second vision developed when I became diabetic. Discovering the ideal diet for me and my diabetes is the second vision.
For me an ideal diet and fitness is very interesting to me. Now I am an old healthy diabetic. My new vision is to prevent dementia from setting in as I get really old. I suspect the answer to the dementia is a fit body, low carb diet.
and the internet. The internet because it challenges my mind to learn new things.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-31 17:05:09 -0600 Report

Hey Anonymous! You bring up a really good point. As I am getting older, I have the same thing on my mind. Exercise not only promotes good health in the present, but also can help to prevent some of the negative effects of aging in the future. We are on the same page on this one. Thanks for checking in!

GabbyPA 2014-12-30 05:24:53 -0600 Report

I wish I could say we have cold weather that tempts me to stay in. We set a record high yesterday of 85. It's nuts down here. Usually we are in the 60's for winter. I love being outside in the cool weather.

I don't struggle with keeping active, but I do struggle with exercise. I like to do things, accomplish a goal. Like gardening, cleaning the house, walking the dog and so on. Exercise for exercise sake is hard because it's not my mindset. It needs to be. I know the goal of health is what I need to keep in mind to make that happen.

The thing I am doing now is logging in my exercise time and type on Fit2Me and that gives me some incentive. Then I have seen where our team may get challenged down the road against another team and that is to encourage us to be competitive and amp up a few things. I am looking forward to that.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-31 17:02:40 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby! Wow, 85 degrees. That would keep me looking for an air-conditioned way to exercise, that's for sure. I understand what you mean about exercise, thought I suspect you stay pretty active anyway. I push myself to go the gym and easily talk myself out of it, but I have to say that what I do at the gym is benefitting me in ways that my normal activity doesn't. Especially when I spend so much time sitting, either listening to people or at my computer. Probably a lot like you. I think the new apps are such a great idea, especially when people make use of them on a regular basis, like you are. A great way to get motivated. Thanks for jumping in, as always!

GabbyPA 2014-12-31 17:16:19 -0600 Report

I earn my money on the computer, so yes...sitting is huge in my lifestyle. Unfortunately. I really have to work on priority of health and make that part of what I want to do.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-01-01 12:22:39 -0600 Report

So easy to get caught up in the routine of sitting at the computer, especially when that's how you earn your living. I know what you mean.

sweetslover 2014-12-31 16:04:17 -0600 Report

Personally, I'm glad I don't live in the cold—it makes my bones hurt. :) Cool weather is OK, but my favorite is the middle of summer. August in Florida—you have to live it to really understand it.

Fefe12 2014-12-30 03:07:56 -0600 Report

I'm one of those that doesn't have a problem staying active. Before I got sick I had to drive my kids to school and pick them up, since they went to school far from home. Come home cook dinner and then back to dance classes. When my daughter got older the dance classes were 6 days a week including Sat so I was always running.. Because traffic was so bad to come home I started walking in the same area as the school to take up time. Walking is in my blood. My grandma walked a 14 min mile at 85yrs old! My mom walks, my aunties walked. My whole family walks. I live in the NW and its beautiful here. Love to walk by the water. I walk in the rain, snow, cold, I just dont walk in ice. I dont care for exercising indoors, too boring. I believe you need to do what you love. Only then will you take the time to do it. I can't not get out. My brain turns to mush if I don't go. I dont think of it as good for me I think of it as saving my sanity and LOL, my children!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-31 16:58:05 -0600 Report

Hey Fefe! You are fortunate that you are naturally active person. Many people struggle to stay active. And oh boy, nobody understands running like mothers with active kids do. My mom used to refer to this as "running from pillar to post." I am also someone who loves walking, it is one of my pleasures in life, and it sounds like you come from a long line of active walkers. Maybe it is genetic, who knows! Glad to hear you found a way to exercise that you truly love! I agree, that is the key to staying active. Thanks for sharing this with us!

Fefe12 2015-01-03 14:03:31 -0600 Report

Dr. Gary, I never thought of it being natural or genetic. Lol, when I was young it was how I talked to my relatives, we would walk and talk and see the nature. I didnt drive until I was 18, so walking and riding my bike was my only way of going were I wanted to go. As i got older I walked and talked to my kids , but really never thought of it as exercise. When I did start to use it as exercise, it took some mind changes. I didnt enjoy it as much, in fact it was a pain. I tried the walking machine thinking its cold and rainy outside and that mentally killed me. For me walking means nature, so went outside, started using music to keep down the boredom and decided who listens to music and doesn't move? So my dance walking was born. Now I crave going out. I start getting bored I get new music. I also walk near water which is beautiful. Do people think I nuts, yep. But I dont care I'm exercising with a smile while others run by looking like they cant wait to finish. The only ones I see with any kind of smile are those that walk in a group, laughing and talking while their out. Moving is so important, watching tv is not. Play with the kids, find a friend and walk, try yoga. Take the grandkids to the mall and park at the opposite end. Try using music, or a sermon you missed. You have to be creative or stuff gets boring and then it makes it harder. Think outside the box. We are important to someone who needs us and we need to do what ever we can to stay as healthy as possible. Most important, have fun!

debcox 2014-12-29 22:50:20 -0600 Report

Thank you for the article, it was really good. I haven't had any issues staying motivated. I've had issues finding time to exercise around the holidays. I have a fitbit and I keep my steps to 12K a day, even if I don't do anything else. It is Christmas break for my grandsons so I can't do my regular exercise because one or the other has been spending the night. Usually, I get up early so that I can do my Jillian Michaels work out in the morning before they come over. Then, I take my grandpuppy for a walk when my hubby gets home. This not only gets me exercise but time to myself. I talk to my best friend and my mom every evening and walk on the back deck while I am doing this. I can get between 5 & 6 thousand steps in during this time. As soon as our Christmas tree is down (tomorrow) my new treadmill goes in the living room. I can't wait. As soon as the boys get back to school on January 5th, I'll be back to riding my bike. Hooray!!! I love riding my bike so it does not seem like exercise. I'm even starting to enjoy walking :-)

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-31 16:50:44 -0600 Report

Hey Deb, thanks for your kind words, I am glad you found this helpful! Wow, you are my hero. You are incredibly active. And I suspect that even if you aren't finding time for your regular exercise, you are continuing to move if you have grandkids and puppies around. Excellent! I also like the idea of walking while you talk on the phone, a really good idea. I have a Jawbone, and am fun using it to keep track of my steps during the day and how well I am sleeping at night. A lot of fun to try and beat my daily goal. Have fun with your new treadmill! Thanks for checking in.

RebDee 2014-12-31 14:44:54 -0600 Report

I thought I was the only one who called my daughter's dogs "GRANDPUPPIES." Glad to see someone else doing it!! LOL

debcox 2014-12-31 16:48:43 -0600 Report

RebDee, She spends lots of time with me and sleeps over at my house so she is my grandpuppy :-) She makes me smile and my blood pressure is going down since we got her.

melaniehill2 2014-12-29 21:06:30 -0600 Report

Dr. Gary, I struggle with staying active. As my depression sometimes gets in the way. One thing I do do is push myself to go to church Sunday morning and evening service, also going on Wednesday nights I have to push myself. I have not coped so well to having to take insulin. I joined this hoping I can find some support in dealing with this sickness.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-31 16:34:58 -0600 Report

Hey Melanie, nice to see you. And thanks for sharing this. I am really glad to hear you have a church home that you are so involved with, and that you give yourself pushes to attend services often. Having an active spiritual life can really help a lot. I am sorry you are struggling with coping. You sure came to the right place. You are not alone. And you might want to give RebDee's idea a try and see what support you can find through your church. I hope you will stay in touch with us, my friend.

RebDee 2014-12-31 14:46:29 -0600 Report

Speak with your Pastor. Perhaps he knows of other Diabetics in the same situation. You could start a club to do exercise and diet together. It is so much easier with a friend than alone.

Richard157 2014-12-29 20:25:12 -0600 Report

Hello Dr. Gary. I am 75, type 1 for 69 years, and have a few physical handicaps, but I do have activities every day. I workout for an hour at the gym three days each week, and take one hour walks the other days if the weather cooperates. I do many home repair projects if they do not require heavy lifting, or climbing high ladders.

The President's Challenge website is where I keep my log of all my activities. They offer a nice medal when you have accumulated one million points. I am almost 63% of the way there. This website has challenged me to keep going so I can reach that goal before I am too old or handicapped to continue.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-31 14:32:53 -0600 Report

Hey Richard, always nice to see you here! You are an inspiration in many ways, and now one more. I am totally impressed with your exercise routine, sounds like you are doing what you need to do to stay active, but also stay safe. (I have a lot of sad stories about falls from ladders.) I am not familiar with the President's Challenge but I will check it out. A great idea. Thanks for checking in, my friend!

RebDee 2014-12-29 19:55:17 -0600 Report

I HATE TO EXERCISE. I was told by several doctors that if I sit, I should get up every time there is a commercial on the tv and walk around the room (which I do), I ride my stationery bike while watching tv. I have stairs to go up to my office so I am up and down all day. I have two dogs so I walk them, play with them, and they like it. I joined Silver & Fit in connection with Kaiser Permanente and 24 Hour
Fitness so that I could do water aerobics but it seems that I always have a break in the skin somewhere on my body so that precludes me from going into a public pool. No matter what I do, I still think of myself as a couch potato

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-31 14:29:10 -0600 Report

Hey RebDee, you certainly don't sound like a couch potato to me! You sound pretty active. Those are all good ways to keep moving. Between your bike and your dogs and your stairs, I suspect you keep moving all day long. Congratulations!

RebDee 2014-12-31 14:50:39 -0600 Report

Gary: You should see how I sleep at night. I cannot lie flat as it hurts my back, so since my husband died, I sleep in a big chair with feet on the ottoman, with little dog on the back of the chair and big dog on the ottoman. Big dog is like having a hot water bottle for my feet. Little dog is like having a pillow to put my head. Plus I watch tv and fall asleep that way. So no, I guess I'm not a couch potato, I'm a chair sweet potato!! LOL

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-31 16:14:09 -0600 Report

Hi RebDee, sorry to hear about the back pain at night. That's quite a solution you have found, you and your housemates. You are certainly sweet!

sweetslover 2014-12-29 19:47:05 -0600 Report

I am limited in my activities because I cannot walk for extended periods of time. I can, however, go to the pool at my wellness center and swim and exercise for over an hour, 5 days a week. When I am feeling like a couch potato, I make myself get up and do a short chore every time a commercial comes on. If I am viewing a movie, then the same thing applies every 15 minutes. It is amazing what I can accomplish around the house doing this, and it seems to really help me keep my BG under control. I also try to go to the grocery store several times a week instead of doing my shopping in one trip. That gives me more walking exercise. I also make a conscious effort to wiggle feet, toes, hands, and fingers when sitting around doing nothing. Every little bit helps.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-31 14:27:05 -0600 Report

Hey sweetslover! I have always read that swimming is a great total body exercise. That's great that you build this into your routine. And I love the idea about getting up and moving around. That benefits you in more ways than one, physically, mentally. It's amazing how we can build in more activity by being a little creative. And yes, every little bit helps, it all adds up at the end of the day.

Lakeland 2014-12-29 19:35:52 -0600 Report

I got myself 2 dogs, they need to go out, they want to walk or play Frisbee, even when I dread going out, I do it for them.

To make diabetes a game, I also took walks and tested before and after, just to see what my sugar numbers did. Making this a game helped me keep active

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-31 14:23:11 -0600 Report

Lakeland, that is a great idea for staying active. Dogs keep you up an moving, at the beginning of the day, the end of the day, and in between. Excellent incentive. And I like the way you are making it a self-care game. Thanks for sharing this!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-31 14:22:16 -0600 Report

Lakeland, that is a great idea for staying active. Dogs keep you up an moving, at the beginning of the day, the end of the day, and in between. Excellent incentive. And I like the way you are making it a self-care game. Thanks for sharing this!