Have you ever wondered what it takes to cross the finish line in a marathon or shoot that seamless 3-point basket or climb to the summit of Mt. Everest? How does a person with diabetes find such inspiration and once they find it how do they keep the fire stoked? Last column we talked a little about Paula Harper. Now let’s look for the secrets that got her to run 35 marathons, many daredevil hikes and multi century bike races among other athletic feats. Her story has no doubt inspired many. Once you hear it chances are that you, too, will be motivated to move.
Here's an oldy (and now updated!) but goody for everyone from Judith Jones-Ambrosini and Laura Laria. The following survival necessities and supplies are an emergency comfort zone every person with diabetes should consider organizing for themselves to have on hand in case of danger, crises, fire, evacuation or natural disaster. Insulated bags and backpacks are available at most stores.
It’s a simple sentence formed with simple words. But these words were in a sense the big bang, the cannonball that started a revolution around diabetes and exercise. When Paula Harper was first diagnosed with diabetes in 1972, medical advice at the time was often not to exercise. For her long distance running, she got only negative or poor medical support for her training and distance running pursuits.
Welcome to my new column, Diabetes Mo(tivated)ToMove that speaks about diabetes, activity, exercise and sports. I will focus on balancing diabetes and athletics and the people who inspire us by doing so. The articles will largely be excerpts from my new book The Sisterhood of Diabetes as well as stories about other PWD’s who play hard, move fast, and seek out challenges.
Forty years ago, while busy being a rebellious teenager, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I didn't know the difference between a carrot stick and celery rib. All that really mattered was how I could sneak a hot fudge sundae.
Statistics reveal that celiac disease affects nearly 1 out of every 133 people. That is quite astounding unto itself. However, the great majority go undiagnosed. Symptoms such as fatigue, skin irritations, gastric problems, bloating, joint pain, bone loss and anemia are treated separately with a laundry list of medications. The reason for this is that celiac is very difficult to diagnose.
A good way to MoTo-Move is to start off each day with tai chi stretches. These movements help loosen us up, awaken our biological engines and sharpen our minds for the activities of the day. The following is a group of movements that can be done daily or whenever you need to unwind, relax, stretch and chill out.