In the famous words of Fergie, “I be up in the gym just working on my fitness.” Or, at least I should be for my overall health, as well as my diabetes management.
Admittedly, my exercise regimen has waned in recent times. During grad school, I was on a mission to do #AllOfTheThings and to do them very well, so I was somewhat of a “gym rat.” Nowadays, I will meander around the city on my lunch breaks or take a stroll to de-stress after work. Otherwise, does lifting up a Bud Light and putting it down count as a workout? (Inquiring for a friend…)
Needless to say, when I was asked to review the fabulous Christel Oerum’s eBook, Fit With Diabetes, I realized it was a good opportunity for an exercise and diabetes tune-up, and, perhaps, to help some of my readers/followers do the same. (See below for my disclosures).*
Christel is “one of us,” a fellow person with diabetes (type 1), who clearly has a passion for fitness and healthy living. She does not come off as “preachy” in the eBook, which is a welcome change to what is customary in literature regarding diabetes and exercise. Rather, Christel is down to earth and likable.
She acknowledges that there is certainly tough work cut out for us, yet illustrates that our goals can be more attainable through some helpful tips. As Christel explains in the introduction to the eBook, we each have individualized diabetes and exercise needs, but with a proper framework in place, we can make the process smoother.
From cardio, to resistance training, to nutrition, to workout routines, Fit With Diabetes has us covered. The various chapters of the eBook are user-friendly in terms of looking up specific areas of focus quickly and easily. Christel provides real world examples for various scenarios, such as planning effectively for different types of exercise whether using an insulin pump or injections. From my viewpoint as someone looking to get re-motivated on the exercise front, it was nice to see these firsthand examples.
I believe this eBook is a useful tool for anyone living with diabetes, their support networks, and healthcare professionals, alike. Christel provides a straightforward guide by which you can generate your own effective course of action.
Please see here if interested in reading the eBook.
Many thanks to Christel for contributing this insightful work to our community!
*My disclosures are the following:
I was asked to review Fit With Diabetes, and I received a copy of the eBook in order to do so. Opinions expressed are my own.
Thank you to Ginger Vieira for introducing me to Christel Oerum of DiabetesStrong.com and author of Fit With Diabetes.