But my body does not!
BS - 113 this morning. Since I have missed exercise for two days while on my golfing spree - and my sugars were up this morning - I would discuss exercise and diabetes and how I am doing
My love for exercise
If you did not catch my first post on this, please read, but I do hate exercise and I still hate it. I have been at it for two months now and I can say the lifestyle change has been great and my body now desires the workout. But for me - I still hate going to the gym to work out.
I have always walked the dog for 2 miles - say one and sometimes two times a day. Many times I cannot walk the dog and my wife walks the dog - like a kid I picked up the dog and now she has to take care of him. She is so sweet!
This exercise probably helps but not that much.
We diabetics need to do more.
My routine now is 1 hour on the tread mill where I start with a pace of 3.0 for 5 minutes to warm up. Then I increase the speed to 3.5 and every 5 minutes I raise the incline 1 degree. There are times I will raise the speed to 4.0
This is followed by 45 minutes of lifting weights - various forms of lifting. I will focus on legs one day and arms the next day. However, each day they both get some work out.
How does exercise help control blood sugars?
- Improves your body's use of insulin
- Burns excess body fat, helping to decrease and control weight (decreased body fat results in improved insulin sensitivity)
- Improves muscle strength
- Increases bone density and strength
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps to protect against heart and blood vessel disease by lowering 'bad' LDL cholesterol and increasing 'good' HDL cholesterol
- Improves blood circulation and reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke
- Increases energy level and enhancing work capacity
- Reduces stress, promoting relaxation, and releasing tension and anxiety
Too much stress?
Intense exercise can have the opposite effect and actually temporarily increase your blood glucose levels right after you stop exercising. This is especially true for many people with diabetes. The body recognizes intense exercise as a stress and releases stress hormones that tell your body to increase available blood sugar to fuel your muscles. If you have diabetes you may need to check your sugar after exercise to see if this happens to you.
I do not take my kit as I do not do extreme exercise but I might be getting there.
Are there times we should be careful?
In some cases, you should hold off on exercising if your blood sugar is very high and your body is producing ketones. Ask your doctor about if and when you should hold off on exercise.
How does exercise help control blood sugars?
Normally, insulin is released from the pancreas when the amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood increases, such as after eating. Insulin stimulates the liver and muscles to take in excess glucose. This results in a lowering of the blood sugar level.
When exercising, the body needs extra energy or fuel (in the form of glucose) for the exercising muscles. For short bursts of exercise, such as a quick sprint to catch the bus, the muscles and the liver can release stores of glucose for fuel. With continued moderate exercising, however, your muscles take up glucose at up to 20 times the normal rate. This helps lowers blood sugar levels. At the same time insulin levels may drop in anyone not taking insulin so the risks of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is minimized.
My request of you!
Please do your body justice and start doing something today. I cannot explain how great I feel these days and the energy level is up there. I cannot say it is all exercise; but on the days I do not go my body knows it. My lovely wife has been asking me for years to go exercise versus sitting around on the couch or working at my desk.
As always, she has been 100% correct. So I am pleading with you, Get Up, Get Going, and Get To Doing Something! This will be your new motivator and we will all use this to make changes. Your body needs it and your loved ones will enjoy the new you. You being the closest loved one you have. But most of all, your blood sugars will enjoy not being so high.
If you stay with something for 21 days it becomes a habit and it will become a lifestyle change.
For a guy who hates to exercise - my body now asks for it and it keeps me motivated,
Set a goal - take 15 minutes out of the day and promise yourself you will do something today requiring some exercise. If you do nothing - take a 15 minute walk after a meal. If you walk a little, add 15 minutes or increase your walking speed. If you are walking a lot, them time to do something else.
But please - add some exercise - do not be like me and let it go for so long - make it part of your daily life style. I promise - you will appreciate the move you just made.
God grant us all the ability to Get Up, Get Going, and Get To Doing Something! May he give us the internal strength to motivate ourselves and to take care of these precious temples he gave to us. We are only in them for a short period of time; so lets treat them as well as we can.