How to Start Jogging, in 3 Easy Steps

Leglift01_4Did you read the header and think, “Oh SHUUUT UP”? Yeah. Getting started with exercise can be grueling if you’re not used to it. But once you find a rhythm, you will likely be amazed at how good it makes you feel. HONEST! For people with diabetes, it also means the difference between super-strict diet/high insulin doses and the opposite. I know it’s hard to find time. So that’s how I discovered jogging — possibly the world’s best cardio exercise because all you need are shoes (and a sports bra for the ladies). There are no schedules, and no waiting on others.

God knows, I never thought I’d be a jogger. In junior high school we had a thing called “50 Mile Club.” Every Spring, we spent the PE period running around an enormous track, with the goal of clocking 50 miles in a matter of weeks. For me, it was cruel and unusual punishment. I had to stay after school regularly to catch up. My face would glow so red afterwards that the kids dubbed me “Amy Applehead.” But as an adult, I’ve found jogging ultra-convenient and actually kind of fun. Here are my most basic tips for getting started:

1. Get good shoes and cool sports clothes. Totally motivating!

2. Pick beautiful locations that you enjoy. You can cover more ground than walking, so it’s more interesting.

3. If you’re not in shape, start out by walking, then pick out a tree or post a few yards ahead and run to that. Take a walking break. Repeat.

As a Type 1, I’ve discovered that I need to have at least 160 BG before exercising, or I will crash. Jogging up to half an hour doesn’t effect my BG too much, but everything after that knocks me down fast, so carrying sugar is imperative. If I’m in a hurry, I grab anything. Nothing like jogging with a tube of cake icing in your pocket (ahem…) Jogging gets you fresh air and a tight behind at the same time. Really. Try it, you’ll like it!

(PS – This post is dedicated to yet another family friend recently diagnosed with Type 2, who is having trouble “getting in gear” to exercise. You know who you are!)

(PPS – I’m also thinking of diabetes blogger Jo’s comments a while back on exercise; has she smashed up the treadmill yet?)

(PPPS – My newly diagnosed friend is going to clobber me over this one, I know. Hopefully I can now run fast)


3 Responses

  1. Kirk
    Kirk September 30, 2005 at 6:40 am | | Reply

    Good message Amy. I hate running so I get on my Nordic track and zone into Seinfeld reruns. You might educate people on using a heart rate monitor as a component of their exercise.

    Well into year 48

  2. Sam
    Sam September 30, 2005 at 9:03 am | | Reply

    Another tip for getting started: Get a sizable dog. I started running, whether I wanted to or not, when he decided that I walk too slow. I now own running shoes.

    Sorry to hear that your friend joined the club.

  3. Cary
    Cary September 30, 2005 at 1:02 pm | | Reply

    Great idea for a post…Lori & I ordered a really cool, big, high-tech treadmill for our home this week, because the rainy weather is coming and Lori can’t afford to not get exercise, and she also can’t afford to tax her body by running in the rain.

    She’s planning to use it while she watches Little House on the Prairie re-runs…personally, I’d be running the other direction ;D

    Supposed to be deliverd tomorrow. I think it will take up most of our living room!

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