Exercise does work!

By sweetslover Latest Reply 2015-01-14 15:21:31 -0600
Started 2015-01-11 18:25:54 -0600

I decided today to try to take a walk around my smallest pasture—about 4 acres. I am determined to beat my neuropathy and radiculopathy, and on weekends I cannot go to the pool for exercise. It took me about 15 minutes, but I made it—although slowly. When I got back to the house I checked my BG and found it only 1 point higher than my morning BG reading (6 hours earlier). I plan on adding a walk to my daily routine whenever possible.

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-01-14 15:21:31 -0600 Report

Hey sweetslover! That's great news! And that sounds like a very nice walk. There's a lot to be said for finding an activity that works for you and staying active! :))

kuntrygirl777 2015-01-14 15:18:41 -0600 Report

I tried to post to the vitamin question or concern. I take lots of vitamins and people say I don't look my age. mainly I don't dress old. I never knew how this five five would feel. Anyway, I take b, d, c sometimes, blood pressure medicine, and a statin. This resulted from lack of knowledge, eating bad food, and drinking heavy caloric beer. You should not wait until you're dying to get help with your body, cause at that moment, then you want to live. I've taken one-a-day vitamins since a teen, so my body is built up to fight against a lot of things. Around my forty's , I increased my vitamin intake to add minerals, ie…garlic, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, a fiber when needed(rarely) an 81mg aspirin (everyday). these items help control your numbers. But, garlic and aspirin for heart, cinnamon will fight diabetes, apple cider vinegar for the overall function of organs, and plenty of water and walking several days a week. this combination keeps me feeling good, jump out of bed and fight the aging process. Talk to your doctor before taking these, he/she may warn against it or may want to help you get off all those "prescribed" meds. What most people don' t know!! Money works for Money. The government, doctors, hospitals, #1 health insurance, these big ticket items want to keep you sick and on medicine. Also, while I have your attention, If you have a bad habit, "quit it", start today, if you like living. Some things kill fast, some slow, soda's will kill you and your whole family, they destroy kidneys at an early age, diabetic results, insulin production loss, on a machine to keep you living, then death.

GabbyPA 2015-01-12 13:33:27 -0600 Report

I love my morning walks with the dog. It gets me outside, gets me a time to think and gets me moving. Every little bit helps. Good for you.

RosalieM 2015-01-12 10:02:05 -0600 Report

About exercise I was sent survey on line for diabetics. They ask a lot of questions about how I deal with diabetes. It also ask about your exercise habits.
I do weight machines three times a week, swim laps 2 times a week, treadmill 20 minutes daily in the winter. In the summer yard work. I have been doing some kind of routine like this for 50 years. My answers to all the questions on that survey were positive except the one about insomnia which I have a problem
with. I am not bragging, I just want everyone to know that exercise along with diet is the answer to living with diabetes, not drugs or insulin. It really means your life and your quality of life depends on it. It is never too late to start. The improvement you will experience when you develop an exercise habit will boggle your mind, I kid you not!!!!!

tabby9146 2015-01-12 10:53:59 -0600 Report

I agree! I exercise nearly every single day and have since I was diagnosed years ago. I truly have been the benefits of a good diet and exercise. I got to where I loved exercise again and it did not take long. for people who have back problems and other problems there are many great chair exercises, there are all kinds that most people can do.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-12 00:23:53 -0600 Report

We read and hear that you have to do a half hour or an hour of exercise so many days a week, for a lot of us that is simply BS (excuse my language please). We either haven't moved for years or we have some kind of physical limitation or both. My personal opinion is moving any amount more than yesterday is a good amount to be moving. So a fifteen minute walk around the pasture, in my opinion is AWESOME.
I have a confession to make. I bought that wonderful gym membership, in November and was all gung ho on going to the gym, and I haven't been once since the start of the year I'm going to go to a new gym that has a therapy pool on Tuesday and see if there is any way possible I can afford it. I'm going to give up my Netflix as one ay to help afford it. I know that I can do the water exercises and I can work in the water for 30-40 minutes. So, i'm truly hoping that this works for me, as I really do have a goal to work on my physical activity this year.

sweetslover 2015-01-12 07:10:24 -0600 Report

Hey, lilleyheidi.
I encourage you to use a therapy pool if there is any way possible. It has been wonderful for me. My wellness center has a slightly reduced membership for people who only want to use the pool. I go 5 days a week and spend about an hour doing my exercises—and I work that entire time. A lot of people stand around and visit and think they are getting a good workout. I try to make good use of my time. Start slow and build up. When I started going to my pool in October, I had to pull myself out of the pool. I walked with a cane and leaned on it heavily. Now my balance is improved, I use the cane for a little balance security, I can do my own grocery shopping again, and now I am starting to walk for some exercise. Go for it, girl. You can do it.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-12 07:38:09 -0600 Report

I actually have an appt tomorrow morning at the only therapy pool in town for a tour and hopefully to make my first payment. I've gone there before four physical therapy so I'm familiar with it. They also include a small gym in the membership. It's very private. Not many use the gym at all. Hopefully this will work out. Heidi

lilleyheidi 2015-01-12 07:37:46 -0600 Report

I actually have an appt tomorrow morning at the only therapy pool in town for a tour and hopefully to make my first payment. I've gone there before four physical therapy so I'm familiar with it. They also include a small gym in the membership. It's very private. Not many use the gym at all. Hopefully this will work out. Heidi

Pegsy 2015-01-11 20:10:51 -0600 Report

I try to walk every day. It lowers my glucose quite a bit and does a lot to reduce my stress. If I can't get outside to walk I will walk on a treadmill or march in place while watching TV.

suecsdy 2015-01-11 18:41:02 -0600 Report

I take my dog for a walk around the block several times a day. It's helping because all my clothes are getting loose, but the scale just will not budge. Hope to be stepping up the exercise this week. While I am not losing, at least I am not gaining. And I have noticed that if I do a good amount of walking, my next read is always good.

roxanne bohnnow
roxanne bohnnow 2015-01-11 20:47:03 -0600 Report

You actually are losing body fat and replacing it with mussel. This is why your scale in not budging. Mussel weighs more then fat. Give it another week and that scale will move more then you thought it would.

sweetslover 2015-01-11 18:54:29 -0600 Report

I have been having trouble losing weight, too, even though I am exercising a lot. I am, however, toning up—looking better.

RosalieM 2015-01-12 13:34:23 -0600 Report

Exercising will not help you lose weight unless you cut enough carbs out of your diet. Your body uses carbohydrates first for energy. In order for your body to burn fat (lose weight) you must cut the carbs out except for fruits and vegetables. Than you body will become quite efficient at burning fat for energy.
Then your exercise will help you lose weight.. If you get your diet right, you will lose weight without much exercise.

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