Not since my secondary school days when sports - soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming - were a routine part of my schedule. College turned me into an exercise slacker, with only an occasional round of golf or even softball in the warmer months of the year. Walking and biking were occasional time-passers once we moved to Indiana in 2004, but even that's diminished in recent years and I've haven't been exercising much at all.
Even taking the dog for a daily walk has dropped down on my priority list, and brief walks during the work-day in downtown Indianapolis have moved the way of the dinosaurs.
Lately, this lack of exercise has been on my mind for a few reasons.
1.) My pants are
2.) The dog wants to walk more. Tossing the tennis ball around the yard just doesn't cut it and she's eager to get more collar-and-leash time now that the warmer months are nearly upon us.
3.) Every time I see my Endo, she asks the standard question: What do you do for exercise? I'm really tired of trying to stretch the truth and attempt to convince myself that exercise is actually a part of my world. It's not.
4.) Friends in the Diabetes Online Community have been writing about the idea of exercise more recently and how they've found it energizing, relaxing, and overall good for their diabetes management and mental health. (For example: Scott, er Turkish Steve, has become the Guru of Exercise thanks to Ginger's lifestyle coaching, and his daily tweets and Facebook updates about hitting the b-ball court inspire me to do better.) A recent #sweatbetes session in D.C. where I wasn't participating made this personal desire to get back into the exercise scene seem even more pressing. Not to mention the fact that meeting Olympic gold medal swimmer and Type 1 diabetic Gary Hall Jr. made me realize that, despite my four years of competitive swimming once upon a time in high school, I wouldn't be able to make a lap if I tried to jump into a pool now.
So, after mulling my own world of exercise (or lack thereof), I've decided it's time to forge a new Exercise Path. This also coincides perfectly with the March DSMA Blog Carnival that has been all about exercise. Even though it's in the final hours, I've managed to tag on before it ended.
|Winnie models the running shoes & fun D-Hat|
I'll soon be sporting as I start out on
the first part of my Exercise Path Ahead!
Not only is this good for the health generally and diabetes management, but it will also help me feel more in-shape once the local JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes and Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes come around in the fall. My running shoes are ready to hit the pavement!
That's the first step, but there is more to this whole Exercise Path Ahead...
Secondly, I'm going to start biking. This comes on the heels of many recent discussions about bicycling within the diabetes community, from the local Indiana Cure Chasers to those with Team Type 1 who ride across America. There's inspiration from those who bike the many JDRF Rides to Cure Diabetes scattered across the country, such as the crew on the western side of my homestate of Michigan. Or even the recent meeting in Washington D.C. of a diabetic dad who with his two adult children are devoted participants in the Death Valley Ride to Cure Diabetes. All of that has motivated me to get back into bicycling, maybe not at the same level as the above-mentioned but at least the low-key style around my community.
|Yes, those are cobwebs on|
my deflated front tire...
Doing this will also serve as motivation and preparation for my first-ever American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure, scheduled for June here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I've pledged to participate, in the spirit of making exercise a part of my life again.
So, there it is: The Exercise Path Ahead. Even though it's way overdue, I say it's better now than never. And I'm excited to say that I've already gotten started and am doing my best to not slack.
Baby Steps is the way to start, as we know from the wisdom of Dr. Leo Marvin in What About Bob? Set small reasonable goals one step at a time. One little step at a time and anything is possible.
Let it begin!