We have walking and yoga now it's time to add more. Yes, I said more. Take your walking to a new level. Add trekking poles. They help to give you a more vigorous workout. Before you race out to buy them, try using ski poles.
Trekking poles give you a total body workout. They help propel you which means you are working harder. They also assist with balance and pace. Believe it or not they relieve the stress on your knees, hips, and other weight-bearing joints.
Add a pedometer. Ideally you should walk 10,000 steps a day. Park in the farthest corner of the lot for work, shopping or other appointments. Add a brief walk to your break or lunch at work. Fresh air will improve your mood and increase your attention as well as metabolize glucose. Ask a friend to walk with you. Give your dog an extra daily walk. Be a little less efficient at home and make several trips up and down the stairs. Be creative!
Keep a walking log. See how far across the United States you can walk.
Step out with a group. Set a regular time to walk as a group. Regardless of who shows up....walk!
Establish group goals and make time for everyone to announce how they are doing. Periodically meet to cook/share healthy recipes. Check out www.myhealingkitchen.com for ideas. Share articles and books on walking. Remind each other that walking can reduce stress. Invite a speaker or personal trainer to teach you more about the relationship between diabetes and fitness. Share ideas for interesting new walk routes.
Get off the sofa!!!!