Walk This Way
Although multitasking gets a bad rap, I think it’s a useful way to view our health. Instead of counting the individual tasks that are crucial to diabetes management, I like to look at how certain actions bring double or triple the benefits.
Consider exercise, for example. We know that regular physical activity (at least 30 minutes daily) lowers blood sugar, blood pressure, and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. So a simple walk does three excellent things—and wait, there’s more! Exercise helps us reach and maintain a healthy weight. It can be a valuable component of treating depression and anxiety. It can ease aching joints. Each step moves us forward in more ways than one.
The same is true for a beloved campaign by the American Diabetes Association: Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes®. At dozens of locations throughout the country, people come together to walk and raise funds to support diabetes research. Family members and friends form teams to support loved ones. If you live with diabetes, you can choose to be honored as a Red Strider®. Fun, fund-raising, exercise—that’s multitasking at its best.
If you need a nudge to exercise, signing up for Step Out is a great motivator. You may not get to enjoy balloons, signs, and cheers at the end of most workouts—but at Step Out, you will be showered with encouragement.
Please walk with us this year. Each step multiplies the good.
Kelly Rawlings, PWD* type 1
*Person with diabetes