D-Blog Week: We, the Undersigned, Pledge to Run Like a Velociraptor is Chasing Us.
We, the undersigned, being of sound body and mind, need to go back to that "being of sound body" bit. As a person living with type 1 diabetes, my insulin is of the utmost importance. As is testing my blood sugar. And don't anyone try to take away my online community or my emotional health may take a dive. These are the things that keep me healthiest ... but wait a second ... what's missing?
We, the undersigned, understand that exercise isn't just for bringing down a high blood sugar. It's not just "for people who have diabetes." Exercising your body is something that everyone, regardless of health status, should be attempting to do on a very regular basis. Sitting at the computer and writing emails? Necessary for work and financial survival. But going for a walk - or even a run? - and getting your heart rate up and your blood flowing? Necessary for the continuation of your life.
As a person with diabetes, I put an undue amount of focus on my A1C level, or on the snapshot blood sugar grinning back up at me from my meter. These things matter - quite a bit - but there are a lot of other aspects of my health to take into consideration before stamping me with the seal of "good health" approval. (That seal looks like this.)
What matters, in addition to these diabetes-related health obligations, is my overall health. The stuff that matters to most bodies, not just our pancreatically-challenged ones. Namely, exercise.
I feel that, growing up with type 1 diabetes, I regarded exercise with too much apathy. "I have type 1 diabetes - it's about managing my blood sugars and my insulin, and making sure I'm eating foods that don't have a crummy impact on my blood sugars." But having diabetes doesn't make my A1C paramount over all other health issues. It's part of a bigger whole, but an in-range A1C doesn't cancel out an unfit, untested, under-exercised body.
I petition - or am I pledging? Hoping? I petition to let go of the laziness, to make the effort, and to embrace exercise as something just as important as testing blood sugars and taking insulin. I pledge to keep my body moving, even if I feel too slow, too awkward, too embarrassed, too big, too challenged. I am hoping that our community can be part of the movement towards movement, a group of people who go against the grain of the laziness that's taken over our country.
"Oh, you have diabetes?"
"Yeah, and I exercise all the time. Even on days when I don't feel like it, or when I'd rather sit in front of the television or muck around on the computer."
We, the undersigned, promise to keep moving. Keep running, or walking, or swimming, or tennis'ing, or skipping, or yoga'ing, or footballing (of either kind), or dancing, or gardening, or lifting, or cycling. We, the undersigned, know that our bodies need exercise as much as they need fitness, more than they need cupcakes.
We, the undersigned, pledge to run like a velociraptor is chasing us.