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Allie’s Fitness Story

At 24 Allie received news that not many young adults imagine ever getting – she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Usually diagnosed in childhood or adolescence, Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder that effects less than 1% of the world’s population. There is no clear reason why someone develops Type 1 diabetes, and as yet there is no cure. Lifestyle and diet have no bearing on someone developing Type 1 diabetes, however the majority of Type 1 diabetics can now live a long and relatively normal life after their diagnosis.

Type 1 diabetes is a genetic condition that lies dormant, then one day hits you right smack in the head. Allie considers herself lucky that her diagnosis came later in her life, when she was already into adulthood. This meant that she got to have a normal childhood and teenage years before being diagnosed. She acknowledges that it was also good for her parents, because they didn’t have to go through years of getting up multiple times through the night to test her blood sugar levels, being nervous about her going out with friends, sleepovers, etc.

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After being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes Allie continued eating as she had been before. She explains that her body had been starved for so long, due to the lack of insulin, that she probably needed the extra calories, but admits that she may have overdone it. She says “I cut out the box of ice cream, but I still ate like two grown men.” She gained a lot of weight very quickly, and after gaining 20 pounds she realised that she needed to something to address this new problem. “That’s when my fitness journey as a diabetic started,” Allie says.

She acknowledges that it hasn’t been easy, and it can be difficult at times living an active life with diabetes. But she doesn’t believe it should be a hindrance to living a full life. It wasn’t so much the diagnosis that bothered Allie – although that, with the constant injections and blood sugar testing, was scary enough – but the uncertainty about whether she was going to be able to continue to do all the things she had planned for her life. However her experiences with Type 1 diabetes has shown her that there is nothing she cannot do. Well, almost.
As per Allie “I realized that as long as I take the time to be fit and more active – and eating five small meals – on a daily basis, I can still live normally and be able to do the things I love!”

 

Fitness Tips Even When You’re Busy

If you are like most people, you lead a very busy life. Between work, family, and social engagements, it doesn’t leave much time for exercise. If you are extremely busy, there are still ways that you can fit regular exercise into your weekly schedule, which can make you look and feel better.

Pencil in Time to Exercise

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Most people pencil in dinners, meetings, and their children’s recital in their calendar. If you are dedicated to looking and feeling better, you should pencil in your workouts into your calendar. If you take working out as seriously as you do the other things in your life, you should have no trouble finding a few hours a week to do it.

Plan Your Workout Before You Get to the Gym

Many people will get to the gym and waste time deciding what they’re going to do next. Since there are so many weight machines in the gym, choosing what to do is a huge time waster. Before you leave for the gym or on the drive there, you should plan out your workout in your mind. When you get to the gym, you can go right along through your workout. If you are not sure what to do, hire a personal trainer and let them plan your workout for you.

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Combine Cardio and Strength Training

If you don’t have the time to do one full day of cardio and one full day of strength training, you can combine the two. Start with 15 minutes of cardio on the elliptical or the treadmill. When you move on to strength training, you can jump rope or go back to the elliptical between sets. This is a great way to streamline your workouts.

Join a Class for Time Limits and Structure

If you have a strict one-hour time limit to work out, you should consider taking a class. These classes are based on a time limit. The instructor will include everything that you need in a one hour class. This can prevent you from wasting time if you go to the gym to work out on your own.

Have a Workout Backup  

If you cannot get to the gym one day, you should have a backup exercise plan. Jumping rope is a great cardio activity. It can get your heart pumping, and work your arms and legs. You can also workout with resistance bands and TRX suspension trainers. These are small enough to fit in your suitcase so that your workout regimen does not need to suffer when you are traveling.

Think of Fitness as an Investment

You should look at fitness as an investment. You should never be too busy to take care of yourself and your health. Like a financial investment, making exercise a priority can pay off in the long run.

Just because you have a busy life, it does not mean that you can’t find time to work out. Anyone with a busy life can follow the above tips to make exercise part of their regular routine.

 

Dog Walking With the Best Walking Sneakers

My name is Allie, and I am a female 25-year-old Customer Service Team Leader. Last year I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and ever since this diagnosis, I realized that taking care of my health and being fit is a necessity.

Type 1 Diabetes is a health condition that is mostly found in children and young adults, and it can be a dangerous condition to have, for the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin is an essential hormone because it gets glucose from the blood, and transports it into body cells. However without insulin, body cells cannot get glucose, and without glucose, the body cannot get energy.

Therefore, symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes, which I have, are excessive thirst, fatigue, hunger, blurred vision, nausea or vomiting, excessive urination, fast heart rate, headache, sleeplessness, and weight loss.

These symptoms are serious, and I understand I must take the appropriate steps to make sure I control the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes – by being alert, fit and living a very healthy lifestyle. I make sure I check my blood glucose level regularly and I administer insulin.

I, Allie am ready to get the right amount of exercise because if I have the right amount of food, insulin doses, and exercise, I will be able to be the best I can be. Exercise can be fun because I have a dog called Buster, and at least twice a week, we go on walks with me donning the best walking sneakers of 2016.  I also jog during time spent with Buster. Because Buster goes with me, I strictly stick to my walking and jogging schedule.

We take challenging hiking trails and after each hike, and I feel a lot of satisfaction, for I feel invigorated after exploring and getting the exercise I need.

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One hiking trail is the Runyon Canyon Loop in Runyon Canyon, Los Angeles. It is about three miles round-trip, and there is a lot to explore! The views at Cloud’s Rest is spectacular, and so is the Sunset Strip, L.A. Basin, and Hollywood Hills. Furthermore, take a look at million dollar mansions. An extra advantage is that the trail has an off-leash policy for dogs.

Another hiking destination that I enjoy with Buster is Franklin Canyon Park, also in Los Angeles. It is frequently used as a TV location for the purpose of making films, like the hitchhiking scene from ‘It Happened One Night’ with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.

The distance is about one mile round-trip, and the trail to follow is called Discovery Trail, and I enjoy it. Places to explore are the Franklin Canyon Lake and the Sooky Goldman Nature Center.

Going on any trail means wearing the right footwear, in order to have a smooth hike and preventing injuries. One option is to have the support of a hiking boot while also having the lightweight feature of a trail running shoe. Sneakers to consider are the Salomon Ellipse GTX, Merrell Siren Sport 2, Ahnu Sugarpine Air Fresh, Salomon X Ultra GTX, and the Merrell Moab Ventilator.

i choose to wear the Merrell Moab Ventilator as I go hiking. So far, I plan to stick to my schedule, as I have enjoyed the walks and jogs I have been on, and also loved the scenery along the way.

Perhaps I am now the best I can be. I continue to feel motivated, and make sure I stick to my fitness schedule. By the way, if you’d like information on walking shoes, the best shoes for standing, and the like, just ask me!

 

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The Asics Women’s Gel-Quick WK 2 was designed for more comfortable walks, with specially designed rubber technology placed on areas of the foot that are considered “high wearing”. The collar and tongue are foam padded and traditional lace up style boasts of a snug fit.

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