© Jacquelyn Johnston, M.Ed.
When you mention exercise in relation to weight loss, those who don’t do any just groan and say;”Oh, no, I can’t go jogging—I’d look horrible in those clothes!” Or “With a schedule like mine, would I have time to exercise?” They then give you a schedule so tight you couldn’t squeeze a flea in sideways.
I don’t know why people think they have to go jogging the minute you bring up the topic of exercise. I exercise, but I don’t jog; never have, never will.
However, if, like many who have pre-diabetes, you have been told by your doctor you need to exercise and you don’t, I wonder why this is so. At this stage, it’s possible and relatively easy to reverse the condition.
Take Don, for example. Don knew he needed to exercise, as he had an impressive muffin-top, worked as a customs officer at the airport, seated in his booth all day. Two years ago, when his doctor told him he really ought to start moving, he said yeah, yeah, I know I should, but I can’t get out of that booth”. But he never thought of the before and after of the workday.
Don didn’t have to be at work till 10 am, Monday to Thursday, so he could easily have done and hour’s exercise before work, but he didn’t want to get up. On Fridays he started at 6:30 am but got off at 3:30 pm. Did he see an opportunity there? Several of his friends had asked him to go bowling with him on Fridays, but he somehow always had something else to do.
Not surprisingly, Don how has diabetes, compounded by diabesity. One change in his life could have made all the difference. Do you know anyone like that? If so, there’s a free download available for them on the right side of this page. Leave me a comment if you wish, and let me know if you have any questions on why diabetics in particular need exercise.