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  1. DS
    DS November 5, 2009 at 6:29 am | | Reply

    Way to go, Amy–and I agree with you 100%! Exercise is the best thing you can do for yourself, esp. because of the endorphins!

  2. Carol
    Carol November 5, 2009 at 7:00 am | | Reply

    Totally agree as to the many benefits of exercise. It is truly a feel good thing in my life. I’ve had T1 for 16 yrs, and have I’ve run for about the last 5 years with varying degrees of dedication. Last month I completed my first triathlon at the age of 43, and ran my first 1/2 marathon earlier this year. But for me, it has to be about something other than diabetes or a prescription. I do it because it is fun, allows me to experience the beauty of God’s creation, and makes me feel more alive and balanced. Often, the training, and especially race days, makes it harder to control my blood sugar. It’s more like I exercise in spite of diabetes, as a sort of a victory over it. My doctor is supportive, but I’m pretty sure if he wrote me a prescription for exercise, it would take some of the joy out of it. Sure, I hope it does some good for minimizing/preventing future complications, but I like keeping it as a “want to”, not a “have to”.

  3. Crystal
    Crystal November 5, 2009 at 8:12 am | | Reply

    Ahhh, to find a way to enjoy exercise. Workin’ on it. I always feel better once I do exercise. I really should do it more. Great post Amy.

  4. Jason
    Jason November 5, 2009 at 8:24 am | | Reply

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  5. sajabla
    sajabla November 5, 2009 at 11:47 am | | Reply

    I have been trying to convince myself that exercise is part of my “medicine” for months now – I still can’ t seem to get off my butt more than once or twice a week. Just keep on trying, I guess! Diabetes is always….

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  7. Heidi
    Heidi November 5, 2009 at 12:55 pm | | Reply

    I am so thankful for your blog. I have searched for posts like yours.
    My daughter is a type 1 diabetic, and epileptic. We have struggled so far and it’s nice to read your blog and give me as a parent some insight!

  8. Heidi
    Heidi November 5, 2009 at 1:05 pm | | Reply

    I am so thankful for your blog. It helps so much!

  9. Anne Findlay
    Anne Findlay November 5, 2009 at 1:09 pm | | Reply

    Yeah! This is exactly what we are trying to promote with Triabetes–using exercise as a method to help manage diabetes and showing that it can be something to enjoy rather than to dread! The secret is, among people who have made exercise a daily habit, that it is something we are very resistant to giving up.

    Like you suggest, a key is to finding something that you enjoy most of the time, and can get through on days when you start making excuses.

    What helps me is to set a goal (such as a half marathon or triathlon or maybe a favorite hike) so instead of just exercising, I am training. For me, I am much more focused with not only my workouts but also my nutrition when I know I am working towards a goal.

  10. Chris Stocker
    Chris Stocker November 5, 2009 at 7:26 pm | | Reply

    Amy – I love this post. I was just talking about in my post today that I have put weight back on due to lack of exercise. I am going to take you up on that challenge. I no longer work at the supply company I used to, so I have a lot more free time to exercise and work this weight right back off.

    2 years ago when I wasn’t exercising at all, not even walking around the block, my doctor put 30 minutes of exercise a day on a prescription with the insulin, needles, and test strips prescriptions as well. I’m not sure if that is what motivated me to get back into the gym or that none of my clothes fit anymore, but I love that idea.

  11. olga
    olga November 5, 2009 at 11:01 pm | | Reply

    you are obviously on drugs. ;-) great post, thanks for reminding me how GOOD i feel after exercising. and how the rest of “things” seem to fall into place when it becomes a part of life. now that kiddo #2 is no longer medically complex/medically fragile (hooray!) there’s time put that back into life.
    - olga

  12. Tracy Lanum
    Tracy Lanum November 6, 2009 at 6:01 am | | Reply

    I am in agreement with everything you said. I have been a diabetic for 60 years, since the age of 7. Recently I have gone back to the Wellness Center and put their machines to good use for one hour every other day. Oh, I really do feel better.

  13. Kelly Rawlings
    Kelly Rawlings November 6, 2009 at 8:30 am | | Reply

    I’m trying to convince myself I love exercise. I do know I love what it does for my blood sugars and other measures of health!

    If you find yourself needing a little extra motivation and encouragement, check the #sweatbetes hashtag on Twitter.com

    People with diabetes who do their daily have posted there physical activity. It’s great to “see” other people taking steps for living well with diabetes. And thinking about the praise and cheers help power me when I’m tired and sweaty on my elliptical machine!

    Hope to see you in action with #sweatbetes!

  14. Pam
    Pam November 6, 2009 at 9:29 am | | Reply

    I try to remind myself of that when I feel selfish about making sure I incorporate exercise…. I love to exercise — but sometimes work and life get in the way if I let them…. Think medicine, not self indulgence Pam!!!

  15. Diabetes Management
    Diabetes Management November 7, 2009 at 10:02 am | | Reply

    I feel walking and cycling are not only good for your body but for your mind as well, because the burst your stress out..

  16. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson November 7, 2009 at 6:44 pm | | Reply

    Great post Amy. I too really think exercise is a huge part of my diabetes management.

    I think one of the big hurdles many folks using insulin fight with is dealing with lows while/from working out, and how to avoid them. Sometimes it can get so frustrating juggling the extra variables that exercise introduces, many just give up on it altogether!

  17. Sysy Morales
    Sysy Morales November 9, 2009 at 4:56 pm | | Reply

    Great post. I love this exercise as medicine initiative! Why not prescribe exercise? Maybe then some people will actually do it considering the way so many people only listen to doctors. Exercise is crucial for type 2 diabetics and extremely important or type 1. Right now I have 5 month old twin babies so I don’t have time to get on the treadmil or go ride a bike BUT, I do a lot of dancing while holding my babies and I carry them while doing squats and lunges (keep in mind they are 15 pounds each-you should see my buff arms). So I strongly believe there is always a way to incorporate exercise into our busy lives. Hopefully more people can make time to “take their medicine” each day :)

  18. ed hardy
    ed hardy November 9, 2009 at 6:01 pm | | Reply

    Great post. I love this exercise as medicine initiative! Why not prescribe exercise? Maybe then some people will actually do it considering the way so many people only listen to doctors. Exercise is crucial for type 2 diabetics and extremely important or type 1. Right now I have 5 month old twin babies so I don’t have time to get on the treadmil or go ride a bike BUT, I do a lot of dancing while holding my babies and I carry them while doing squats and lunges (keep in mind they are 15 pounds each-you should see my buff arms). So I strongly believe there is always a way to incorporate exercise into our busy lives. Hopefully more people can make time to “take their medicine” each day

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