Don't Underrate Your Walks

Gabby
By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2017-06-09 18:20:09 -0500
Started 2017-06-05 10:40:08 -0500

I like to walk as part of my exercise. I love hiking, but mostly just take the pups around the neighborhood. We all know that getting out and doing activity is great on so many levels. This article shows just how effective an after meal walk can be.

https://diatribe.org/most-underrated-diabetes...

Use a treadmill, your sneakers, a wooded trail or a stroll on the beach…just enjoy a walk and benefit from it.


8 replies

cynicl12000
cynicl12000 2017-06-09 18:20:09 -0500 Report

Thank you for sharing, Gabby!

Post-diagnosis, I have set a goal to take a 10-15 minute walk after breakfast and after lunch every day (I am fortunate enough to have a job that allows me to do that for my breaks).

I have found it has done wonders not only for my glucose management, but taking a step away from my desk has also created some great "Eureka!" moments regarding work related tasks.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2017-06-08 17:09:26 -0500 Report

Gabby, I love walking more than anything I can think of. I grab any opportunity to take a walk. When I have time, I try to walk to wherever I am going. When I am taking public transportation, which is pretty much everyday, I try to get off a couple of stops early and walk the rest of the way. I feel healthier, but it is also kind of like a meditation. I am grateful every day for the gift of being able to take a walk.

w8chd
w8chd 2017-06-06 22:41:27 -0500 Report

If I can ever get my feet straightened up I would like to go for walks. Since I am now single again maybe I can find a good walking partner.

Consueloj
Consueloj 2017-06-06 22:38:47 -0500 Report

My daily walks are my sanctuary! I NEED them! Those very long fast walk/runs are in the AM after I drop off my kids at school. Summer is almost here and then I can and will go alot earlier. Evening exercise is playing with our 4 month old Siberian Husky and a Leslie Sansone aerobic mile on YouTube. I've become very competitive with myself in walk time and distance.

NewSong53
NewSong53 2017-06-06 18:51:36 -0500 Report

This is so true, Gabby! Being an all-of-nothing person, I have to force myself to scale it back during the summertime. I am next to a beautiful park and there's also an A/C rec center with treadmills and elipticals on the way. There's really no excuse for me to not walk! And trying to do everything all the time eventually causes burnout. These little walks also lift the spirits!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2017-06-06 19:52:53 -0500 Report

That is what I love about walks most, the way I feel when I am in nature. That is repairing on so many levels.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2017-06-05 10:53:59 -0500 Report

After getting a Fitbit for Christmas 2015, I began a daily morning walk after breakfast. I've worked up to a 4-mile walk in 60 to 70 minutes every morning. I have a 7 different routes to keep it interesting. I'm able to reduce my breakfast insulin bolus and temporarily reduce my basal insulin delivery during the walk. This avoids any hypoglycemia during the walk. I use the walk time to plan out my day and I've met some other wonderful people and their dogs. It energizes me for the day and, although not a goal for me, has allowed me to lose a few pounds while toning up my aging/saggy body. I always walk with my cell phone, raisins or jelly beans and a BG meter to test, just in case I go low. Life is good!