Stay Fit Through Rain or Snow
Regardless of the rain or snow fitness routine of people with diabetes should not suffer. Gym membership or not, there are some tried-and-true steps that just about anyone can take to stay in shape during the wet month of April. Here are some simple tips for controlling your blood sugar and body fat during bad weather days.
Hit the Floor
Not all workouts need to be done with machines. In fact, some of the best workouts can be done from the comfort of your living room floor in front of your favorite TV program. Think: pushups and sit ups.
When you work out at home, you can choose your own level of exertion, but be sure that you spend at least 30 minutes getting your heart rate up. For example, you may wish to repeat sets of sit ups, pushups, knee bends, and leg lifts for 30 minutes, but as long as you do not take long breaks in between sets, your heart rate will stay elevated.
If you enjoy a tougher workout, you may want to invest in a Tae Bo or kick boxing DVD…as long as you have enough space in your home to get active.
Spend Time in the Kitchen Practice Portion Control
Even if you do not have hand weights, you can pump iron at home in the comfort of your kitchen. Take a moment to look around in your cupboards for items that are heavy, such as cans of peas or gallons of milk. While cooking dinner, spend an extra few minutes doing bicep and triceps curls with these heavy kitchen objects.
In between slicing and dicing that healthy meal, do leg lunges and calf raises. Remember, when trying to stay in shape, every little bit helps. Awareness of your body and of staying active goes a long way to developing and solidifying that healthy attitude and lifestyle.
Go to the Mall
Many physical trainers recommend that folks spend at least 30 minutes a day walking, regardless of whether or not they have Diabetes. However, it can be tough to spend 30 minutes walking if it’s raining and you do not have access to a treadmill (or are burned out from the gym after an entire winter of working out indoors.)
Next time it’s raining and you need to get in your 30 minutes, head over to the mall. Walk briskly from one side of the mall to the other without stopping to window shop or browse. At the end of your 30 minutes, treat yourself to a new pair of athletic socks or CD. After all – you are at the mall! There’s no harm in coaxing yourself to complete a workout through sheer bribery.