Hello, dear and faithful readers. I know that I missed last week’s post, but I wasn’t quite ready to confess. But…I can no longer keep the secret, that which may cost me readers, but I can no longer live a lie…
I am a type two diabetic…with an unconquerable addiction to junk food. Yes, I needs my Snickers and my Reese’s. If you put strawberry cheesecake in front of me, then I’ll follow you anywhere.
I was in so much better shape before I discovered that I like the Whopper. Damn you, Burger King. I used to sit down and eat four whoppers—heavy ketchup—in one sitting. Want to know how I became diabetic? Now you know.
Now, blessedly, with age comes wisdom (in some things), and I’ve learned to temper my love of most things chocolate. I ration myself to maybe one piece of junk food in a week, and cheese cake once every two weeks. Again, blessedly, thanks to medication and an active lifestyle, my AIC stays in check.
Oh, the active lifestyle? Yes, that’s what this blog is about.
If there’s any one weapon you have in the fight against diabetes (and obesity, and other health issues), it’s your body’s ability to move. I mean, let’s be straight; you can take all the vitamins and medication and supplements you want, but they won’t do much unless you’re keeping your metabolism moving. Point blank; living actively keeps your blood sugar down, and it also promotes heart and circulatory health. It also keeps your energy through the roof (I’ve often had my energy level compared to that of a seven-year-old’s. Maybe that’s my attitude. I don’t know. Anyway…)
Now, say you’re a diabetic, but you hate exercise (better learn to like it). Say you want to start a little slowly and work into something more challenging. There are several ways you can be active around the house, or during the day, without busting a sweat to remixes of old eighties tunes.
1). Use the commercials.
They put those commercials there for a reason. Use the time; knock off fifty jumping jacks. If you find that too strenuous, just bounce from one foot to another. Knock off twenty crunches, ten pushups, anything. Just don’t sit on the couch while the Geico cavemen are continuously insulted. You’ll be surprised how much you’ve done during an hour-long show.
2). Use your office space.
You have a chair and a desk, and you probably have to do something while you’re on the clock. There’s no rule saying that you have to be sitting to do it (and if there is, disregard this). Get up, out of your chair, and walk around. Pace. Keep your legs moving. You don’t have to do this all day, but I promise, enough walking at the end of eight hours, you’ll feel it in your legs—and your heart.
3). Use your neighborhood.
Almost all of us have to go outside to check the mail. No one said you had to walk to the mailbox. Challenge yourself by sprinting out and back. Once you have an average time, try to beat it. You may find yourself working up a sweat in two minutes…and it helps.
I suppose I should say that I’m not a doctor (can’t you tell?) , and none of this should be construed as medical advice. Check with your doctor before beginning any kind of physical routine.
This is just me, and what I do.
Until next week. Best of luck, God bless, and be safe!
(c) Avery K. Tingle for Akting Out LLC
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