Exercise – The Biggest Winner
The 2009 season 7 of the Biggest Loser recently crowned their winner. Two of the last three lost over 200 pounds in about 5 months. One has to remember that while they are on the ranch the contestants get a tremendous amount of exercise and calorie control. It sorta reminds me of my boot camp days but this is not about boot camp, it is about becoming healthy.
I was amazed that at least two on the program were able to stop taking several of the medications they were on and even were considered diabetes free. It takes a lot to control diabetes, I know because I am a diabetic. I neither weigh enough nor have the time to spend all day exercising so would not wind up on the show. But I have lost about 30 pounds over the last 5 years.
In just the last year my weight has dropped between 15 and 20 pounds. How did I do this? Exercise. Yes, plain and simple, exercise. I also watch what I eat and measure my blood sugar as needed. But it has been walking that brought the weight down. No, not around the block. My wife and I will walk on a treadmill between 45 minutes and an hour. To make it easier to do we have a TV set up where we can be entertained while working out. My wife is more faithful than I am but I try to get on the treadmill at least 3 times a week or more.
In addition, to add variety to our plan we go to a State Park about 30 minutes away and hike mountainous trails. We started this about a year ago. The first few times we went we hiked an easy trail which is almost 3 miles in about 70 minutes. We can now do that one in 55 minutes. Graduating to a more strenuous trail we tried another one which seemed to continue going up for the first mile. Someone passed us the first time and said that trail was easier if we continued on. That first day we opted to go down the mountain and back. I don’t remember the time or the distance but we did make it having eventually continued on the trail and have hiked up to 4 miles two or three times a week. Nope, we don’t use the treadmill on those days but when we miss too many days of hiking or the treadmill we both want to do something to exercise our bodies.
The point of this has been that you can take control of your life, loose weight and stop taking medicine. But you DO have to work at it. This takes time from your day and time to reach your goals. So far I have not been taken off any medication and may not be but I am healthier and I am in control of my blood sugar and my life.
What can you do? You can start! Today, you may only be able to walk for 5 minutes. If you park close to the store today, maybe you need to park a little farther out so you will have to walk more. Do this until you are parking at the end of the parking lot and walking all the way in. Another choice is to go to a gym, but start slow. Or hike. Is there a trail that you could walk? The bottom line of what I am saying is You Can Do It.
Remember to talk to your physician before you start any exercise program.
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