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Gym Bunny...or Not

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by rosco 2, Jul 23, 2018.

  1. AloeSvea

    AloeSvea Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @rosco 2. The way I look at it is exercise, or physical movement and activity is about being fit - not necessarily about weight loss! (It depends on your body type if exercise makes a big difference to your weight or not, as far as I understand.)

    Fitness for those of us with blood glucose dysregulation is about staving off the main thing that kills us too early - CVDs and strokes.

    It's about keeping your body oxygenated and your muscles working well. That, alas, is not about food, but about physical activity and movement. (I say 'alas' as it is another thing someone with diabetes has to keep in mind, or should perhaps, as we go about our daily lives. Often a bore!) The muscles thing has a lovely side effect of providing a pathway for excess glucose to be taken up for energy (hence the lowered blood glucose levels seen by us after exercise, or some of us, I know this is not true for all after reading various threads in here).

    I would say, as we do about ways of eating, whatever physical activity you choose to do for good health needs to be sustainable, as in you can see yourself doing it your whole life long. So it helps to enjoy it :). I feel the same way as you about gyms - I don't enjoy them , just don't like the 'scene'. But people are very different indeed.

    Also, for really good health and fitness, as in staving off those nasty heart attacks and strokes we are prone to getting, we should do some really full on exercise a bit, like cycling, rowing, running, for a little bit, just a few times in a week or month, as in HIIT. We are talking three minutes, 15 minutes - it isn't much but enough to really get your heart pumping and oxygen whizzing around.

    And of course - strength resistance training. Making sure you lift heavy things as part of your daily/weekly/monthly routine. It can be as simple as lifting groceries and carrying them home on your arms (a fitness double positive), or park the car further away from the supermarket and lift them out to it. Lifting and carrying small children, or if you are into it - getting some weights and lift them while watching the news (or whatever). If you are using gardening as sustainable exercise make sure you do heavy lifting out there too! Load up the wheelbarrow from time to time! But it is possible to use canned goods, and well - just heavy things. You know if you are doing enough - you will have the muscles to show for it.

    All part of the battle against insulin resistance, and against those nasty CVDs and strokes.

    Dr Sheri Colberg is my 'go to' expert on the subject of physical fitness, exercise and diabetes.
     
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  2. kitedoc

    kitedoc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    And I hope you get to keep the money you save by not having to go to the gym!
     
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  3. kitedoc

    kitedoc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Having the activity(ies) one does as being meaningful is helpful I think. That is why running around a track, steps- ups and weights in a gym can lose their appeal. So walking to do some shopping, weights to carry home, choosing different ways to and fro, taking a photo of something interesting on the way. Similarly walking to a library or as happens here in Adelaide there are 'mall-walkers' persons that meet early in the morning to walk around a shopping mall together before the mall shops open, plenty of window shopping and sometimes a breakfast afterwards. Human company, companionship and laughter then form part of the meaningful activity and at least during the walk one is unlikely to be rained upon !
     
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  4. StewartH

    StewartH Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Rosco
    It is very likely that the Low Carb diet will reduce your weight anyway, exercise of not. If you keep carbs to a minimum (around 50g per day) you will also find your experience of hunger will change so that you are less inclined to snack. That said, regular exercise is good news for your general health and well being so get back to the sailing. :) Good luck.
     
  5. ringi

    ringi Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    If you are going to use a gym remember that HIIT and resistance training have been proven to be most effective for type2.
    • Therefore instead of going at a study speed on the machine, go as fast as you can for one or two minutes, the slowly for a fee minutes to recover, repeating a few times.
    • Use the weight training machine. A good body on resistance training for people like us is "Body by Science".
    However do not forget the large benefit of a 10 minute walk after a meal.
     
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    I don’t know why but I’m reminded of a Jo Brand gag. ‘My husband was getting overweight so I encouraged him to walk 5 miles in the morning and 5 miles in the evening. It worked. By the end of the week the fat f****** was 70 miles away’
     
  7. DavidGrahamJones

    DavidGrahamJones Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I had always believed that exercise was almost essential for weight loss, especially as I was being told by my DN and GP that exercise was needed to improve Metabolism. A six month period of swimming 1 km 5 days a week, gym work 3 days a week and a round of golf once a week, as well as eating considerably less than my RMR made me think differently. Fitter but not lighter.

    This video with Dr Jason Fung is about Therapeutic Fasting but includes some interesting comments about exercise and weight loss, with references to the relevant research papers.
     
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