If you say someone’s is “spinning” in German, it means that he or she is pretty much nuts. I’m thinking this definition may apply pretty well as I’ve tried my out first three Spinning Classes at a local 24-Hour Fitness Club here in the last week.
Trying out a new sport with diabetes is always tricky: how to adjust your food intake and insulin dosing beforehand? Do you need an extra snack before, during, or immediately after? What kind of fast-acting carbs are best, and where should you keep them for easy access?
Now add to all that a full hour of intense panting, dripping-all-over-the-floor perspiration (didn’t know I could do that), burning legs indoor cycling — all pumped to the chords of blasting rap and old disco music in a darkened studio, with mirrors on every wall, no less. Why DO we do these things, anyway?
Still, I can’t say I haven’t enjoyed it. I can actually feel my butt shrinking after just three classes. OK, there was also a full hour of “body conditioning” with free weights before each spinning session. That helped. My upper back is so sore that it hurts when I inhale. (Please don’t mention midlife crisis. I was always up for a nutty new exercise challenge. And hey, in this case it only took my husband three years to drag me to these spinning classes he’s been raving about.)
Of course after the first class I went home and HAD to Google “diabetes and spinning,” and came up with some interesting stuff:
I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that the JDRF and ADA both organize fundraising “Spin-A-Thons.” In the recently debuted Tour de Cure Spin-A-Thons, even 66-year-old diabetic guys with hip replacements are peddling their at-risk hearts out. Wow. Where have I been?
According to this article in Diabetes Health, spinning sure is beneficial, for anyone at any level of fitness — “whether your personal goals are weight loss, reduced blood pressure, decreased blood glucose, cross training, overall fitness, stress management, or competition training.”
That’s excellent to know, since for the first half-hour of class, I generally feel like I’m going to DIE on the bike. After that, some sort of sweat-drenched delirium takes over, and I actually start feeling pretty good. (Endorphins?)
Come to think of it, there’s another saying in German: “The beginning of everything is difficult.” Yup. Right on the money there, too.
So, let’s hear from you… who spins? And how do you handle your BG control?