Originally Posted by Danmar
I'm not surprised. Regular vigorous exercise is truly today's wonder drug.
I agree whole heartedly. I also think that observation may be able to each us what works best for us, toward whatever our goals are. Different goals, or different problem areas may require different exercise plans. And people have different tolerance and liking for a particular exercise. What I never expected but have discovered lately is that I can control and even improve my insulin resistance much better by rowing long rows on my C2 than I can by fairly vigorous walking in my hilly neighborhood. Also, better that I used to do by going to a gym and lifting weights, or by doing intervals. I test blood glucose at least daily, and at different times during the day wrt meals, workouts, sleeping, etc. My highest readings across the board are about 10- 15 mg/dl lower than before this program, and my readings were never particularly high before.
The plan is simple. Just get on the machine and row for 14 to 16 km on weekdays, and ~12 km on Saturdays and Sundays. I do not want to kill the goose, so I take whatever speed comes. I tend to go faster as the workout nears its end, like a saddle horse when it gets close to the barn. My only difficulty is rejecting phony excuses to skip it on a given day, and this summer, dealing with some hot weather. Before I became aware of the power of this protocol I would just walk on hot days, but over the 2 weeks or so that I did that my BG readings were not nearly as good. So in a way, I had a control for my findings.
If I can learn to get up and get going before is gets hot, or later in the year get going before I feel that I must turn up the heat, it will make it easier for me.
I am lazy in the morning, and I really mostly want to sit around and read the paper, so this has to be overcome.
Diabetes is tough illness for many people. I saw my Dad struggle to control his DM in the years before home meters and sensible diet plans, though his dedication to daily or many times a day walks helped him a lot. My Dad was willpower on a stick, but it also takes knowledge, which he was not in a position to get.
I am committed to doing what I can to spare myself and the those who love me the pain of its depredations.