Ugh… Exercise!


Exercise is a huge plus in the fight against diabetes and metabolic syndrome. 

It is a huge plus for good health in general.  It helps burn calories and thereby helping to lower your weight.  It helps keep muscles toned.  It helps blood circulate in the body and air circulate in the lungs!  It is all good.

Then why do I hate to do it so bad?

If you are a couch potato like me, it goes in one ear and out the other when I hear that I NEED to exercise.  I had to figure out a way that I WANT to exercise!  I don’t like to sweat.  I love to swim but I am not near a pool and don’t have a pool.  I also don’t really like chlorine on my skin. The challenge was on.

So… here is what works for me:

  1. If you love your TV more than moving… combine the two!  Put a stationary bike or treadmill in front of the TV.  Move while you learn or are entertained.  Also, you can crank the air conditioner up high or aim a giant fan directly at yourself if you are like me and don’t like to sweat much.  (I know sweating when exercising is good for you, but I really don’t like it!)
  2. A walk around the mall is not a bad idea.  I’m generally run over by the over 60 crowd doing their morning walks in the mall, but I’ve since learned to get out of their way!  It’s safe.  It is always interesting with people and storefronts.  You can catch a sale or two you wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. Why not?
  3. Having a partner is always helpful.  You can motivate each other.  The company can either be silent or chatty.  When I can grab a family member or friend… it is a plus.  Too, there are meet ups that walk.  That is an option too.

Check out your local gym, pool, mall or meetups!  Ask friends and family to walk, skip or jump with you!

Just promise me… and I’ll promise myself… to try to get 30 minutes in 5 days a week.  Even if you have to start at 10 minutes or even 5 minutes… work your way up to a goal of 30 minutes.



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