Exercise for Type 2 Diabetics, Let the 100 Fittest Men Ever Inspire You
Richard Simmons, one of the fittest men ever?
Exercise for type 2 diabetics is a key part to controlling the condition. That all agree on.
The problem is doing it.
But first, my numbers for today.
- Fasting Blood Glucose Level: 86 mg/dl. Yeah, baby, yeah.
- Weight: 184 lbs.Preview Changes
- Exercise: 45 minute ride. It’s getting nippy in Houston.
- Mood: 7.5
- Breakfast: The usual morning medley of fruit, a slice of leftover pizza from last night. Congratulations to Dimitry Sholokov for winning Project Runway Season 10 last night.
- Lunch: Chicken salad from Jack in the Box. Pretty good for $5.00.
- Dinner: Tex-Mex! Wait all week for this
- Snacks: None
It’s easy for to look in the mirror and imagine myself with a trim, firm waist, a serious pair of guns for arms, and leg muscles that makes me look sexy in shorts. It’s another to actually do it.
There is some evidence that you can exercise away your symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Really doesn’t matter which exercise you choose. The key is to do something, anything, from running to swimming to gardening to lots of housework. A brisk thirty minute walk five times a day is more than enough according the experts.
The benefits of controlling diabetes with exercise are many, ranging from heart health to better use of insulin to reduced stress.
Yes, Jack has inspired me. He got up every morning until the day he died well into his 90’s at 4:00 am to go through a two or three hour routine.
So I get up at 5:00 am and ride my bike. It works for me.
So, to get you inspired, here are the 100 fittest men of all time according to Men’s Health.
Swimmer Michael Phelps ranked first. My guy, Jack LaLanne is fourth.
The real fun is arguing the rankings and who should have been included and maybe who should not have been included.
Hockey star Chris Chelios ranked too low and the greatest hockey player of all time, Gordy Howe, didn’t rank at all. To play as hard and as well as those two did for as long as they did in a game as demanding as hockey requires fitness of the first order.
Lance Armstrong ranked, but probably shouldn’t have given the charges of using banned performance enhancing substances. Cyclist Eddie Merchx didn’t rank and should have given his record.
Richard Simmons ranked. Should he have? Sure. He inspired a lot of people to get off of their duff. That counts for a lot.