Fitness and Exercise

If you have diabetes then you know how critical it is to exercise. Your doctor and dietician have told you this, and there are articles on this website about exercise as well. GET MOTIVATED!  You need to exercise. All the medication in the world only works well with consistent exercise.  below are some ideas to get started.

If you do not have a home gym or do not have the funds for one, Try 24 Hour Fitness. They have all the equipment you need to get you active and trainers who work with you to meet your goals and keep you motivated. See the link below for a free pass. even if you don’t join, you have one free pass to their gym to test their equipment and talk to their staff. This is a great place to work out.

Free Gym Pass to Any Location at 24 Hour Fitness!

If you prefer to workout at home and have the space, I recommend the BowFlex system. I own the Bowflex Max Trainer and the SelectTech dumbbells. The Max Trainer get my heart rate up and the SelectTech dumbbells help tone muscle. I honestly love using them. BowFlex has a payment plan as well and for exercise equipment it is not that expensive. the SelectTech also comes with a free training DVD so you can do the exercises correctly without damaging your muscles. See the link below to get a discount on the equipment and free shipping.

You can also get a Wii U console with fitness games at See below. There are more options than this one but this is the cheapest I found. You can find fitness games pretty cheap as well. If you don’t like Wii or already have a game console, Amazon has great fitness games all game consoles. Click on the link and search for anything you are looking for.

If you cannot afford to go to the gym, purchase your own equipment, or a game console (believe me, I get it!), there are still many exercises you can do on your own to lower your glucose level.

  • Walk or run outdoors (or indoors), on a track, in a mall, or down the street
  • Bicycle outdoors
  • Swim or try water aerobics (YMCA is a great, inexpensive place)
  • Stretch
  • Try yoga or tai chi
  • Play tennis or handball against a wall or with a friend
  • play basketball alone or with someone
  • Take aerobics or another fitness class
  • Do housework, yard chores, or gardening (I do this and it make my wife happy because she doesn’t have to do it)
  • Try resistance training with light weights or elastic bands
  • Do some of this in the privacy of your home:
    • jumping jacks
    • run in place watching anything on TV or put in your earbuds
    • mountain climbers (google this, They work)
    • Do anything that gets your heart rate up for 20-30 minutes a day

If you have any other ideas that do not cost money, let me know and I will post them here.