Exercise Junkie

By CaliKo Latest Reply 2011-02-18 07:11:14 -0600
Started 2011-01-26 14:10:23 -0600

Are you addicted to exercise? I know I am. I'm 54 and never exercised deliberately until I was diagnosed with T2 two years ago. I exercise almost every day now, and can't stand it when something gets in the way of my exercise. How about you? Are you addicted?

45 replies

WendyFR 2011-02-17 21:19:05 -0600 Report

I was 3 years ago and got back to exercising again. I go to the gym 6 days a week. I love my BS readings and I believe exercise is a big contributer to those readings. So I guess I can be called an exercise junkie.

CaliKo 2011-02-17 21:32:22 -0600 Report

I agree — my blood glucose readings are so much better with the exercise. Keep up the good work!

efevers 2011-01-29 14:55:49 -0600 Report

I'm an exercise junkie 'in spurts'. I've gone 3 to 4 months at a time when I've walked 3 miles a day at least 4 days a week. Then something happens - life gets in the way - and I fall off. Of course, the hardest part is starting up again, but once I've started I can do another 'spurt'. I also just (today) joined a gym so I'll see how that goes (I've never belonged to a gym before).

I was diagnosed with T2 in 1999, and I'll be 58 next month. I work in a bakery so I'm around cakes, pies, bread, and donuts 5 days a week. I'm trying my best…help!

CaliKo 2011-02-17 21:30:18 -0600 Report

Oh wow, it would be so hard to be around all the baked goods all the time. How are you liking the gym? Happy Birthday month!

efevers 2011-02-17 23:32:18 -0600 Report

Thanx Caliko…actually the gym is not bad; I've been averaging 3-4 times a week. I stick mostly to the cardio stuff, half an hour on the treadmill, then half an hour on the stationary bike, folllowed by roughly 10 - 15 minutes with 7lb weights for muscle tone. So far, so good! We'll see how far I can keep this up!

CaliKo 2011-02-18 07:11:14 -0600 Report

That's an excellent routine. When I was first diagnosed, I did mainly aerobics and walking, six days a week, losing weight and improving my glucose levels. Later I flunked a bone density test and added working out with weights 3 times a week. I had a dramatic drop in my blood glucose levels with the weight workouts, and that has continued now for almost a year. Stick with it, and good luck.

LovelyAZ11 2011-01-28 00:05:26 -0600 Report

Yes indeed!!! I am addicted to walking!! I am 57 and I have always been an exerciser, but lately I have walked so much, I have walked my butt off. Literally, walked it off. I go out to the park and walk sometimes for an hour and then I get so much adrenilin going that I want to continue for another hour, but I know it is not good for my feet. I have the special Diabetic shoes, and they do help. But I love it, love it, love it!!!!
Have a great day and time on your next exercise adventure. Just remember it's all for the good and overall health.

CaliKo 2011-01-28 12:24:43 -0600 Report

I agree, walking is the best. Running would be better for me because of my bone density, but I really prefer walking. I have a nature preserve close to work that I walk at on my lunch hour a couple of times a week when the weather allows. I have some diabetic shoes on my wish list, but haven't picked any up yet. Thanks for the reminder. Have a good day yourself, and thanks for responding.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-01-27 19:24:19 -0600 Report

Hey CaliKo, this sounds like a very positive addiction, assuming you are exercising within limits and not hurting yourself. I would love to know your secret. Fun activities, that makes sense. But waht about those times when you would rather sit in a chair, or have some otehr taks that is pulling your attention away? I am always in awe of people who stick with their exercise routine.

CaliKo 2011-01-28 12:22:59 -0600 Report

Hi Dr. Gary, I'm well within limits. I used to dance, so I know how to work up gradually and stretch out, too. That said, I'm older now and over do now and then and have to pull back a little. My only secret is getting out of bed (before I really wake up and come to my senses) and get most of my exercising done before the day intrudes. I stick with it because it controls my glucose levels so easily. Have a great friday!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-01-28 17:23:14 -0600 Report

That's a great idea. And when you start early, you don't have time to talk yourself out of it or get distracted. I find that the longer in the day I wait, the greater the chances that it won't happen. And you have a great weekend!

octord 2011-01-27 09:43:07 -0600 Report

I guess it is a matter of opinion… I don't see exercise as just that but as a tool to accomplish goals… You can say exercise all by itselft and no real purpose is boring much like cooked chicken breast with no sides of anything to make it a bit more moist.

kdroberts 2011-01-27 09:52:36 -0600 Report

When I say it's boring with no real purpose I mean that doing a workout DVD or running or using weight machines is boring and I'm just doing it purely for exercise, even if it is a tool to reach goals. However, things like playing sports is still exercising but I'm doing it more for the fun of competing/playing and would be doing it anyway.

kdroberts 2011-01-27 08:58:00 -0600 Report

Absolutely not, I can't stand exercising just for the sake of it. It's boring and it makes me feel tired and crappy after and the next day. I like playing sports but that got too expensive. If it's fun and doesn't seem like exercise then I like it, anything else and I'll gladly avoid it. And before anyone says it, things like zumba, spinning class, etc that people say are fun and not like exercising are the complete opposite of fun and the definition of boring exercise to me!

CaliKo 2011-01-27 09:02:44 -0600 Report

Well, I hope you have some fun activities that keep you active. My husband feels the same way about exercise, and looks at me like I'm crazy sometimes. He does get workouts, though, he plays racquetball 2 or 3 times a week.

kdroberts 2011-01-27 09:30:13 -0600 Report

I just started Jillian Michael's 30 day shred, I hate it. I want to try P90X once I've mastered the shred, if I can get a lend of the DVDs from somebody. I'll hate that as well!

CaliKo 2011-01-27 14:38:34 -0600 Report

That DVD has some good reviews on Amazon.com. I wonder if I'd like it better than my old Jane Fonda tapes… I like that the workouts are just 25-30 minutes. I might have to try it.

squog master
squog master 2011-01-26 18:07:48 -0600 Report

Started swimming in 1995. Swam 3-4xs a week. fell off the wagon after the fire in 2007 which displaced me for 19 months. Finally got back in my home but that was when I started to have the fatigue problem & eventual hernia surgery. Can't wait for the wound to close so I can start up again.

CaliKo 2011-01-27 08:52:07 -0600 Report

They say swimming is such good exercise. Good for you!

squog master
squog master 2011-01-27 16:38:56 -0600 Report

Swimming can lead to other good things too! My brother & a woman swam at their local Y.
She accidently left her lane & crashed into my brother. One thing lead to another & now their married :)

CaliKo 2011-01-27 16:43:41 -0600 Report

It's fun to hear how people meet… I'm wondering about the 'accidentally' part — do you think she may have done it on purpose?

squog master
squog master 2011-01-27 14:22:13 -0600 Report

My Orthopedic doc recommended it since it's still resistance exercise but non weight bearing so easier on the joints. Funny thing about my "swimming". As I had started to have different orth problems that started to limit some motions, I started, not "water walking" but what I call "water running". 1 reason being because of my height & ability to float standing straight up.LOL. 2nd because after I walk 5-6 steps I'm floating since the pool dips from 4' to 5' & back again. There was also a commercial for something in the back of my mind years before where an athlete was running. Stopping for nothing he ran straight through a pool, he was on the pool floor though, guess he didn't have my bouyancy. So I started using the running motions to keep the movements in my brain cause I to ran a lot in my jobs.(Reffing, running around w/kids). Now that said, here's the "Funny" thing. After about 2 years of doing this, I see on the lifeguard stand a notice for "Water Running(?) Classes". They didn't call it running but I knew that was what it was going to be. :)

CaliKo 2011-01-27 14:33:11 -0600 Report

Interesting. I have to do weight bearing exercises, resistance training, and high impact to improve my bone density. So I walk, walk-run, aerobics, and work out with weights. Swimming would be fun, but I haven't put on a swim suit in years!

CaliKo 2011-01-27 16:41:31 -0600 Report

Now, that's a good idea, I was considering a scuba suit — but shorts would make it tolerable. It's the veins in my upper legs that make me self-conscious. Not so pretty anymore…

octord 2011-01-26 16:20:48 -0600 Report

I am!! It's been 17 months since diagnosed…at first my life was literally turned up side down, my a1c was 11.7 at time of diagnostics and my glucose lever was totally out of control… just got some new results yesterday from my doctor and my a1c is now 5.7 and my overall glucose level is 126… the key for me it has been diet and exercise although I recently had to go back on metformin at 500 mg but I'll be doing 2 on and 1 off… my goal is to hopefully some day not too far away I can get off medicine and use diet and exercise alone. There is no doubt in my mind that exercise is a powerful tool to overcome many different things and the mental and emotional benefits gained are not something you can get from pills!

Pynetree 2011-01-29 10:00:25 -0600 Report

Congrats on the super turn around! An A1c of 11.7 to a 5.7 is great. You have found what works - and are working it. Good Job!

MaltMom 2011-01-26 21:04:37 -0600 Report

I just started exercising and wondered how it will effect my numbers. Will my numbers go down over time since I'm exercising? I do see a large number drop immediately after exercising, but then the numbers go back up almost right away. Is that to be expected?

CaliKo 2011-01-27 08:53:54 -0600 Report

I'm no expert, I can only say how it worked for me. My numbers go down immediately, and then I have a residual effect continuing into the next day, especially after a workout with weights. I haven't noticed mine going up right away. Good luck!

CaliKo 2011-01-26 16:25:49 -0600 Report

Good for you! That's amazing progress. Keep up the good work! Do you exercise every day? What kind of exercise do you prefer?

octord 2011-01-26 16:52:59 -0600 Report

I combine cardio, weights, and machines… I don't care too much for simple exercise like jumping, bending, twisting, etc… I do stretch after cardio and in between weight and machine exercises. I do have the convenience of having a gym at my work site so instead of using my lunch hour to eat I go to the gym and most nights after work I go to a regular gym to finish my intended goal for the day… I try 1-2 days off per week, today was one and I'll have another one on Tue. The key is to alternate…cardio plus either upper, core, or lower, do not try two on a row of the same because the risk of getting hurt increases… take it from this fool that, in the craziness of exercise, pushed it too far and got a rotator injury… I have recovered now and way more careful… know your limitations!!

Harlen 2011-01-26 14:28:44 -0600 Report

Well not so much lol
I do like it but there is so little time
Best wishes

CaliKo 2011-01-26 14:31:14 -0600 Report

I know. I finally had to resign myself to getting up every morning at 5 a.m. to get in some of my exercise before work. Life is full! Thanks for the response.

Harlen 2011-01-26 17:41:17 -0600 Report

That it is I have my 8 year old grand baby so up at 5 get her ready lol then wife comes home and she wishes her food lol then its time to go make some money lol then the little one comes home at 230 she wonts a snack then I got to start making diner for us all lol after that a little time to do home work then a little famly time after that shes off to bead and I am off to make more money go to beat at 12 am to 1 am just no time lol lol lol
Best wishes

Harlen 2011-01-26 18:25:41 -0600 Report

I wish lol I sit on my butt lol
I play poker to make extra money lol I play with a dumb bell wile playing poker this is my work out
Best wishes

MewElla 2011-01-26 14:14:41 -0600 Report

No question for me, I absolutely am. Being at it every day for almost 1 year since I was diagnosed. I make it my #1 priority each day, and work my day after it. I do this for me and I know it helps in a major way to keep my numbers in control.

EJMac 2011-01-28 12:14:25 -0600 Report

I've dealt with pancreatic cancer the past 7 yrs and now told in Sept. that I have a spot of lung cancer. Just gave up. Developed diabetes after the Whipple surgery for the pancreatic cancer. Had radiation for the lung cancer.

I finally woke up to the need to take care of myself. I gave up a while ago -not taking blood sugars or watching what I ate. I've always hated EXERCISE. Doctor put me on Lantus & Humalog before meals IF NEEDED. Well, that motivated me. I am slowly losing weight, eating great AND 30-50 min walking every day. I feel better than I have in years and it's only been a month. My blood sugar is great. Wish I could figure out how to bottle the motivation. For me it's either there or NOT. I'd be a millionaire if I could figure it out. Right now I am very grateful for the motivation. Taking care of the diabetes is something I DO have control of right now. We are all in this together. I have been reading for awhile, but haven't posted much.

CaliKo 2011-01-28 12:19:12 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing. Motivation is difficult sometimes, I'm glad you are working to keep the diabetes under control now that you've dealt with the cancers. Keep it up! Hugs.

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