Hayes, Charlotte. The “I Hate to Exercise” Book for People with Diabetes. 3rd edition. Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association, 2013.
Got your attention, didn’t I? There are days when I still hate to exercise, but for the most part I no longer say that. There was a time that I did; however, and that is why I was interested in this book. Also, I am often asked what to do, how to do it, and told by others, “I can’t do what you do.” I suspected correctly that this book would be a useful tool for answering those questions.
Charlotte Hayes (MMSC, MS, RE, CDE) provides step-by-step ways to work exercise into every day life. She begins the book with a chapter on why to become more active. For people who are diabetic or pre-diabetic, “doing at least two and one-half hours (150 minutes) of aerobic physical activity along with strengthening exercises two to three times each week can help improve your blood glucose control and heart health” (p. 4). Hayes points out that 10 minutes at a time of just getting up and moving will quickly add up to that 150 minutes that may seem overwhelming at first.
Hayes advocates using SMART goals to set a target for exercise and better health. Useful charts, scales and illustrations provide examples, questions and helpful information about getting started and keeping the routine going. Included are tips for being active in your everyday life at work or at home. Simple tasks add up and lead to developing a fitness habit.
Since this book’s primary audience is those who are pre-diabetic or diabetic, there is a chapter devoted to tracking blood glucose levels and what to be aware of during any kind of physical activity. Again, charts and illustrations back up the explanation in the text to provide an easy to access guide to follow.
Chapters on walking and putting together an activity plan draw everything presented together. Guidelines for creating a log, goals and using a pedometer are all in the chapter on walking. The chapter on developing a plan contains both textual explanations and photos of exercises that can be done at home.
Increasing activity can improve your health and your outlook on life. It does not have to be tortuous or expensive. It can start with lacing up your shoes and taking a walk around your neighborhood or a local park. I highly recommend Charlotte Hayes’ book for anyone trying to begin a program of and develop a regular exercise regimen.