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Diabetes and Weight Training

Thursday, July 20, 2006

I did some research on the web to find out if there was a benefit to doing weight training if you have diabetes.  The sites that I found mostly said yes.  I have begun climbing the stairs two weeks ago on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but wanted to do something on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I did not want to do anything until I had a chance to research it.  I wanted to make sure that anaerobic exercises would not cause more damage than the good it was doing.  It looks like it is okay, especially when supplemented by an aerobics program, such as my walking the stairs (I am up to almost 25 flights of stairs both up an down in about 20 minutes).

I am going to begin very, very light at the beginning and get myself into it gradually. My body has not been near any kind of weights (except for carrying the kids) for many years.  There was one time, twenty years ago, when I used to go to the gym 5 or 6 days a week.  My body was lean, trim and fairly ripped.  Now all I have are the stretch marks on my arms to remember those days.  However, I intend to get back into similar shape.  Since I have to exercise, I might as well do it right.  I will probably never be an Arnold. Lou or Lee Haney, but I could at least hope to imitate a little bit of Frank Zane (only you old body builders would probably remember him).

My exercise routine for this evening consisted of pushp-ups (chest), military presses (shoulders), bicep curls (upper arms) and tricep reverse curls. (upper arms).  If you were observant, you probably noticed that I have left out a few body groups.  For instance, I left out my back, abs, calves and forearms.  The reasons being that: 1) This was my first workout in years, 2) I have a herniated disc and do not want to injure it by doing back and stomach work - I do stretches for both muscle groups before each workout, but do not want to push it.  3) Calves get a workout when walking in general and especially walking up and down those stairs., and 4) Forearms are used when doing bicep exercises.

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