There is an old Chinese proverb that I love and live by. It reads, “Better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.” My personal interpretation is this…I know it’s very easy to get frustrated, angry, and confused about your diabetes. Instead of cursing the disease and wallowing in your resentment, I argue that getting yourself out there and learning how to control your diabetes while doing the activities you love (or better yet…discover a new favorite activity!) is the best way to start embracing your diabetes and living the life you choose. Staying active will not only help you mentally and emotionally (it’s the best free therapy you’ll ever find!), it has many physical benefits as well.
Check out the Top 10 Benefits of Being Active for diabetics, according to the American Diabetes Association:
Getting active doesn’t have to mean going to the gym. While gyms are a wonderful way for folks to get fit, I prefer to go outside. If you’re trying to find an activity that is right for you, think outside the box! Gardening, swimming, golf, and hiking are all great options. If you are more of a social butterfly, join a kickball team, play volleyball, work with kids, or look into classes offered by your local Parks & Recreation Department. There are tons of options! I urge you to evaluate the countless benefits of getting out there and being active, and discover the ways you can incorporate activity into your own life. It is okay to start small. Baby steps are still steps in the right direction! It’s up to you to take the first step.
Remember, it’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor when you are starting any kind of physical activity. Your doctors (especially your endocrinologist) are there to help you and serve as resources for you…utilize them!