Fireside fitness

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Author: Patricia Hawk
Date: Oct. 1993
From: Diabetes Forecast(Vol. 46, Issue 10)
Publisher: American Diabetes Association
Document Type: Article
Length: 1,063 words

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When I ask my patients about their exercise programs, they often tell me about the home exercise equipment they own. I then ask, "Do you use it?" More than half say "rarely" or "not at all."

These people know that exercise is important for their diabetes management, and they choose to get home exercise equipment for a lot of good reasons. With home equipment, they aren't tied to a class schedule, and they can stick to their exercise routine no matter what the weather.

Unfortunately, they went shopping without enough information and got equipment that wasn't suited to their needs or lifestyles. And so the equipment sits--in their basements, or at garage sales waiting for other ill-informed, would-be exercisers.

Don't you make the same mistake. You can do yourself a lot of good by using home exercise equipment--but choose it wisely.

Choices Galore

If you have visited a sports supermarket, warehouse, or department store lately, you've probably been overwhelmed at the choices and styles of exercise equipment, and, in some cases, the expense.

First, beware of gimmicks that you may see in stores or advertised on TV or in magazines, such as grip strength devices, abdomen firmers, or foot pedals. I do not recommend these, because they either do not work well or have very limited use. The foot pedals, for example, look like part of a complete stair-stepping machine. These certainly cost less than the big machines, and some people think they are just as good. They aren't. For one thing, because there is nothing to hold on to, you could slip off them....

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