And treadmill folk out there?

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4sons
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   Posted 12/26/2006 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Happy Boxing Day!

As I find myself having to work harder and harder to keep that bloody bs down with diet/exercise, I meet regularly with my treadmill. I want to get an efficient yet worthwhile session out of the beast, so have some questions. My treadmill gives reading for: calories burned, carbs burned, miles, time etc. etc. For awhile I was just doing an hour a day and a lower rate, yet found when I use one of the "programs" I can burn the same amount of carbs in HALF the time! Yikes! I love running for just a half hour, but is it as effective for diabetics??

Thanks ..

Just call me Tired Ruth
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


Chutsman
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   Posted 12/26/2006 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I do a 1 mile treadmill walk every day at an 8% incline.  I start at 3.0 mph and increase it by 0.1 each lap.  Personally I find the measurements for calories, etc misleading to say the least.  Even the heart rate is incorrect when compared to the device that you strap around your chest - I think it is made my Polaris?  To me, the only accurate features on the treadmill are the miles walked, speed, and elapsed time.  My treadmill is a Performa bought at Sears.
The short form for "you are" is "you're", NOT "your".


Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/26/2006 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Ruth,
Calories burned is good but the best thing is the actual physical exercise itself. (For Type 2's) Using muscles enhances their ability to use your own body's insulin to move glucose into the cells for the mitochondria to use to produce energy. This is why you will often feel that you have more energy when you exercise regularly. YOU ACTUALLY DO!

Some people walk and other run, I swim for 1/2 hour. On a good day I can get in 1/2 mile but on a not so good day I may only get 1/3 or 1/4 mile. No matter what, (or how slow I am) I still try to keep moving for 1/2 hour. That's the key. Move for 1/2 hour. If you get a feeling of accomplishment from running then do it. You go girl! You probably are using more calories so you will lose a bit more weight. That is good. But if you only move and maintain your weight, that is good also. The secret is to move!

Try to do what isn't totally boring and something you can keep with over the long haul. If it's torture you may not stick with it. If you love it, do more of it! Just watch your sugars so they don't go too low. The good results of exercise can take hours to show up each day. You may find it better to have breakfast, do a 1/2 hour run, then do another one after lunch. That way you are moving the glucose into the muscles and using the calories you consume before they have a chance to be converted into fat. This is what medications do and by substituting exercise you will possibly stay off meds longer. KOKO! (Keep on keepin' on!)
~ Jeannie

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- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


4sons
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   Posted 12/27/2006 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Ahhhhhhhhhh ... thank you both! So the word of 2007 is "move." And move I will! LOL. I'm starting a pilates beginners course the second week in January. That will give me a change of pace from the treadmill. I guess I'll just aim for 1/2 hr. a day unless I feel particularly motivated!
 
Thanks again.
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


Chutsman
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   Posted 12/29/2006 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, .... doesn't seem to be many treadmill users among us.  To help alleviate boredom while walking on it, I listen to music via headphones as well as have the radio on my favorite talk station, as well as the tv on whatever seems interesting at the time. 

The short form for "you are" is "you're", NOT "your".

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