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Here are my top four strategies for actually prioritizing exercise:

1. Find Your Optimal Workout Time
Mine is 6:15 AM. I like early morning workouts because:

  • The rest of my life generally doesn’t get in the way.
  • If something does interfere, I can often manage to squeeze something in later in the day (e.g. multiple short walks, evening run, etc.).
  • I can dial back on insulin for 2-3 hrs post-exercise. (That, in itself, is hugely motivating!)

2. Leverage Technology
Here’s what I’m using right now:

  • Garmin Connect logo Garmin Vivofit / Connect App – a gift from my family two Christmases ago.
  •  5K Runner App Logo 5kRunner App – this $2.99 investment helped me get in shape for my first 5k.
  •  audible logo Audible.com – I listen to books while I run. Actually, I don’t let myself listen to books unless I’m out for a run. I found a Groupon for a 3-month trial. I liked it so much, I continued the membership. (Did you know you can share a subscription with up to 3 other people? How great is that?)
  • Podcasts – I also listen to podcasts while I run. Current favorites include: The Moth, This American Life, New Yorker Fiction.

3. Invite Friends and Family.
I started with just one thing on this list. Once the habit was formed, I added something else, and so on. Here’s what I did:

  • Challenged my husband, who recently got a pedometer, to a 10,000-steps competition. (I know the 10,000 steps are arbitrary, but I still like having them as a milestone. In fact, those 10,000-steps are what inspired me to start running - because I didn’t have time to walk them all.)
  • Recruited a few friends to walk and/or run with me. It’s good for us all, right? Plus, it’s a great way to keep up with friends!
  • Invited a few other friends to go to Zumba with me. Just $5 a class at our local rec center. Great music, great company.
  • Signed up for a neighborhood 5k. Did I mention that I am was not a runner? (See what I did there? Now I am a runner.)
  • Invited my 11-year old to run with me on the weekends. (We take turns playing favorite songs for each other. I love learning what she’s into!)
  • Realized that my neighbor goes to the same gym I do. (Now we go to the gym together.)

4. Vary the Activities.
Here's what I'm doing now:

  • Cardio and weight lifting (2x/week)
  • Yoga (1x/week)
  • Running (2x/week)
  • Fast-walking (1x/week) or Hiking

How about you? How do you stay committed to exercise?

This post was written for Diabetes Blog Week.
The Prompt:
Diabetes tips and diabetes tricks. 

For more perspectives on this topic, click here.

I promised to share how LiveWell's Get Movin' Challenge is working for me.
It's been great so far! Since August 1, I have engaged in the following activities:

check-markenjoyed volleyball & picnic in the park with other families
check-markparticipated in Denver's super fun Viva Streets (you should totally do it next year!)
check-markplayed tag at a park with my children
check-markswam while my kids had swim lessons
check-markbounced with my kids at an indoor trampoline park
check-markworked out at the gym 3-4 times per week
check-markhiked with my family
check-marktook my children to a roller rink and skated with them

Most days I exercised for more than 45 minutes. I found that even when I had met my daily exercise goal, I continued to seek additional opportunities to be active.

On the other hand, there were days - three of them - that I didn't squeeze in my 30 minutes. I made up for it by exercising twice as long the next day.

Since part of the goal I had set for myself was to try new forms of exercise, and I still haven't got to everything on my list, I'm taking the challenge into September.
Here's what's on deck:

  • go on a bike date with my husband
  • commit to one car-free (or walk-only or bike-only) day in September
  • add one class to my fitness routine (cycle or power yoga)
  • take my family on a hike
  • learn to swim better - take a lesson!

(As an added benefit, I have lost one pound.)

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