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Old 07-09-2015, 21:43   #1
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I'm not a fan of exercise. With the diabetes diagnosis, I knew it was time.

So I joined a gym. Drove to the gym. Exercised at the gym. Hated the gym.

So one day I just decided to 'walk around the house' inside that is. Now we don't have a big house. We're talking an area that goes in a circle from kitchen to living room to hall to dining room and back to the kitchen.
I can do it in 21 steps, 10.5 seconds, 2.8 MPH (according to my app).
I do it for 45 minutes and do just over 2 miles. I created a playlist and can enjoy my music without headphones. Without sweating publicly!

So I save gas not driving to the gym (that always seemed so wrong).
I can do it in my jammies.
I can swing my arms and do upper body exercise.
And it's free and it's working! I continue to lose weight. I feel great.

PS I wouldn't consider what I'm doing walking. It is almost a jog.

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Look up Chi Walking or Running, you might enjoy it.

Nice work you are putting in there, and remember speed is not everything, so don't compare yourself to others, just have fun!

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Look up Chi Walking or Running, you might enjoy it.

Nice work you are putting in there, and remember speed is not everything, so don't compare yourself to others, just have fun!
I only have my cat, who chooses to not walk with me, to compare myself to.

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Good for you, CarbLessMe. I'm a big believer in what works for any of us. Sometimes one shoe doesn't fit all. And, hey, what you're doing is more convenient and saves you some money. Keep it up!

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Exercise is good however you do it. Even better if you do it in such a way that you really enjoy what your doing and look forward to it. Especially if you get to where you want to start a little earlier, stop a little later, or keep going through a little break you used to take. As long as you are looking forward to doing your exercising, feel bad if you miss a day, and never dread starting, you are doing great.

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Exercise is good however you do it. Even better if you do it in such a way that you really enjoy what your doing and look forward to it. Especially if you get to where you want to start a little earlier, stop a little later, or keep going through a little break you used to take. As long as you are looking forward to doing your exercising, feel bad if you miss a day, and never dread starting, you are doing great.
You are so spot on. Honestly, going to the gym was torture for me. BORING being on the treadmill. BORING on the stationary bike. The machines were a tad more interesting, but I was never comfortable using them, although I did know how. Exercising publicly was not my idea of a good time.

Now, as you said, I do look forward to my jog time. And I exercise a little longer every few days, upping the ante. Keep going after the timer goes off, knowing a favorite song is next.

I used to count mowing the yard as a replacement for exercise. Now I do it in addition to.

Honestly, I'm surprised at how much I do enjoy it, finally!

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Your exercise program sounds great. It really is about finding something that you enjoy and will do. Even when I was in my 20's and physically fit, I did not enjoy going to a gym. I think part of it is I don't like crowds, and no matter what time I would go to the gym, it always felt crowded.

Up until about 15 years ago, I walked nearly every day, sometimes for several miles. Then as the weight came on, as I became more stressed, I slowed down to practically no exercise at all. With my diabetes diagnosis, I got new inspiration and began walking again. What works best for me is walking on my lunch hour.

Keep up the good work

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This past year, I've done a ton of walking and I bought a road bike. I love riding my bike even though I'm usually the slowest person in our group. I usually do it 3 to 4 times a week and usually ride 10 to 15 miles on each ride. Every time I ride my bike, my fbg is usually lower than normal. I rode last night and this morning I got an 83!!!

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Wow, that is quite a bike ride! I used to love to ride bikes, back when I was a little younger. But I live in an area now that has lots of hills, so I probably won't be taking up that exercise.

But good for you!

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