Exercise, What Is It?

Exercise, What Is It And What’s The Point?

Exercise is many things to many people. Personally, I am really into the gym and running, not everybody’s cup of tea but I love it. Lots of people avoid exercise in the gym because they worry about what other people may think of them, don’t. If people in a gym are judgmental that is saying a lot more about them than it is your ability to exercise as you choose to. Another thing which held me back from exercise for a long time was making it work effectively alongside my diabetes. Sure it goes wrong from time to time, but the key is to learn from each session. Take one lesson from each period of exercise and work with it.

I have been working hard at exercise, especially running for most of 2017 and I still learn something new with each session.

summer goals
Great Facility at Nuffield Health

There is always something to learn, in fact, I have signed up to attend the ➡  Animas Sports Weekend in October. There is always something we can learn from other people with diabetes.

If the thought of stepping foot in the gym fills you with dread, then choose something else to do. As long as you are out and about, moving and working to a decent level the benefits are huge.

Exercise – Variety Is The Spice Of Life

Exercise can include an array of activities

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Playing outdoors with the Kids (ones you know obviously!)
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Hockey
  • Ice Skating
  • Dog walking
  • Parkrun 
My Parkrun Barcode Card – Has I.C.E Details, Essential For A T1D

This list could go on forever, just find something you enjoy doing and make it a part of your life.

Motivation – The Key To Success

The key to success is to work hard at whatever you are doing, this probably applies to everything in life, not just exercise. Do something which increases your rate of breathing and ups your heart rate and you are on the right path straight away.

If you have mobility issues, then adapt an exercise which you can do sitting down. Start slowly and build up and the benefits will start to shine through.

Keeping motivated is key to me being successful in exercising. If I lose motivation in it then the enjoyment goes too for me. That is a recipe for failure in my case. Have a look below at some of the benefits I am getting from exercising regularly. All of these help with my motivation

  • Increases my insulin sensitivity – Meaning I need less insulin per day, got to be a good thing right. 

    Blood sugars take work, but it is achievable
  • Keeps the mind healthy too – Exercise is proven to make us feel good, decreasing our chances of depression and the like setting in. Have a look back at my blog from last year on ➡  Diabetes and Depression
  • Strengthens muscles – Always good to have a strong core, helps with an array of illnesses in older life.
  • Improves Circulation – As a person with diabetes anything I can do to help my circulation has to be a win and there is nothing better for Cardiovascular health than a bit of exercise.
  • Improves the quality of sleep – Again anything to help me get a full nights sleep is a definite must in my book, people with diabetes might remember what a full nights sleep is, vaguely.
  • Gain self-confidence – nothing boosts your self-confidence like a compliment, and regular exercise is a sure-fire way to improve our physique.
  • Helps with weight – I noticed that my weight was creeping up, exercise has really helping me to maintain a constant healthy weight.

Help Me Meet My Goal

I am pretty determined when it comes to goals and exercise. I set a goal, aim for it and achieve it. Hard work and determination will always pay off. Where I could do with a hand though is with my sponsorship for my first ever half marathon for Diabetes UK. The event is in October, the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London is my goal. Any little you can spare would be really appreciated.
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For now

Take care, exercise if you dare


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