Exercise Is Medicine—I love it!!

August 12th, 2010 by Amy Gonsalves Leave a reply »

I’ve been writing for a while about how much I use exercise as a tool to help me stay healthy with type one diabetes.  The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has launched a campaigned called “Exercise is Medicine” with various tools to help those with all sorts of health issues think about how to exercise to improve their health.

 I of course zoomed over to the Type 2 Diabetes page to see what ACSM has to say.  Yup; pretty simple from my perspective.  The page just outlines what many of us already know about our diabetes and physical activity, in terms of increased insulin sensitivity and a resulting increased need for carbohydrates.  We are lucky in that we don’t have any physical limitations our disease created and (absent any complications) our mobility is not compromised.  We can do what anyone else can do.  We just need to think about it a little bit more.

Speaking of thinking about exercise in our lives, I invite everyone to check out another tool at the ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine page.  It’s a way to think about exercise in our lives.  I know I posted yesterday about my questions why someone might not exercise and I think the grid on the ACSM’s Decisional Balance page is a fairly good reflection of reality.  (Including my questions why someone would chose the “inactive” side of things.)

So spend a little time at the Exercise is Medicine website and see if there are any tools you can use to re-think exercise in your life.  Keep thinking, start doing, and let me know if you need some help. 

You’ll thank yourself.

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