How many times have we heard the notion that we need to work out three times a week to stay in shape? Then again we’re told by health experts that we should exercise 30 minutes a day to stay in shape. As a result we feel overwhelmed by good advice. From one day to the next we’re bombarded by one advice after another. Why can’t health experts agree with any conclusive evidence?
Although experts often disagree with nutrition and fitness facts, there seems to be a universal agreement among them that we all need moderate exercise. If you want to feel better and look good – you must exercise regularly!
The problem is that we’ve seen in the current years a decline or lack of physical activity, often due to a lack of rest and added responsibilities: the human family has had to adjust to the current times we now live in. As a result of this downward trend the modern worker may sit in front of a computer most of the day, drive his car virtually everywhere he needs to go, and spend his evening in front of the TV.
To add to this, due to modern technological advancement studies have shown that this generation spends more time in front of the game consoles than having a healthy physical exercise routine.
The drastic reduction in exercise has led to many physical, mental, and emotional health problems. Know a days it’s easier to pick up the remote control than a dumbbell.
Why is exercise important?
Despite the influence of our modern society, don’t give up in your endeavors to look and feel great. The benefits of a regular routine of physical exercise are endless. To mention a few, exercise leads to a healthier heart, better weight control and stress management. Also those with diabetes are encouraged to exercise regularly as this adds for better blood sugar control and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. When our muscles are in use so is our metabolism to fight against unhealthy agents such as:
· Heart disease
· Cancer and many major illnesses
· Type 2 diabetes
· Improved mental health
· Reduces risk of stress and depression
· Adds to your self esteem and confidence
Additionally exercise is free of charge. You can exercise any where you like, anytime you want, without the added burden of having another monthly payment. That’s if your content within the borders of your own home whilst going to your nearest all-inclusive sports gymnasium.
What to keep in mind when exercising as a Diabetic…
Notice what the Medtronic User Guide states:
"Your body needs insulin and carbohydrate to provide cells with energy during exercise. How much insulin and carbohydrates you need varies with the types of exercise and with how often you exercise. Using an insulin pump during exercise allows you to reduce your basal rate instead of eating extra carbohydrate. Before, you needed to eat extra carbohydrate to make up for the glucose lowering effect exercise often has on blood glucose. It takes trial and error to get the balance right.The body needs insulin during exercise. Therefore, it is not suggested that you stop the pump unless the exercise is for a short amount of time (1 hour or less). If you need to remove the pump for more than 1 hour, refer to the If you remove your pump section in the The basics chapter.
If you do an exercise that on average lowers your blood glucose, you can use the temporary basal rate feature. You can use this feature to lower the amount of insulin delivered and reduce the risk of hypoglycemia. You may also choose to change your basal rate pattern for the days you exercise.It takes a period of time to determine how much to adjust your basal rate during exercise. Record your blood glucose before, during and after exercise to figure the proper reduction in your basal rate. Record any carbohydrates that you have eaten during the exercise period. There is no magic formula that will tell you just what to do. You have to test often to figure out the basal rate that you need during exercise."
What you can do…
Whether you work for a company that provides a fitness program or not, you may be motivated to begin exercising. Although there is a word of caution that if you haven’t exercised for awhile, take it slowly! Too much exercise at once can do you more harm than good. Also if you have the notion that vigorous exercise on the weekend without exercising during the week can be very harmful physically and mentally.
It has been suggested that to be a real heath benefit, exercise must be practiced regularly, preferably three or more times a week for a period of 20 to 30 minutes or more each time. Making a regular habit of walking is a fine way to begin. One doctor explained: “Vigorous walking, if practiced from youth on, would in itself drastically reduce the disability and early deaths due to coronary heart disease.”
Since good health is very important for all of us, as a partner living with a diabetic, therefore, why not encourage some form of regular exercise, especially if you, and your partner, spend a lot of time watching television or in other nonphysical activity?
Regular exercise will be good for the whole family.