There was a very nice comment left the other day by DiabeticallyYours in which she mentioned that she wishes she had my strength. I think she’s underestimating herself. I run to stay fit, because I’m results oriented and like the feedback, and most importantly because I enjoy it. The fact that it improves my diabetes control and reduces the chances of complications is, quite frankly, a bonus. Were diabetes control my primary concern I doubt I would run nearly as much as I do.
The reality is that while regular exercise is a critical component of diabetes management, the workout regimen required to be a relatively fast marathon runner is, to put it mildly, overkill. Here is my challenge to anyone reading this blog, diabetic or not: do something active every day. Go for a walk. Ride a bike. Take a yoga class. Heck, play tag with your kids (or dog – now that’s a workout). The point is, every little bit counts, and the single best exercise you can do is the one you do consistently.
Ran a pleasant 10 this morning. It was going to be 12, but around mile 9 my hip tightened up and I’m really trying to ease up the miles up slowly this season to stay healthy. I’m fine with cutting it a little short, and more importantly I finished with a blood sugar reading of 114. I’ll take it! In other news, Sheffield Wednesday have one two on the trot under their new manager and have a real shot at promotion this year, and the MLS season has started with some surprises. Most importantly my beloved Union start their season tomorrow night!
One more thing: in my part of the world we set our clocks forward today. If you’re a diabetic, don’t forget to change the clock on your meter, pump (if you’re on one), and CGMS (again, if applicable).