Kettlebell Training for Diabetics?

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You have probably heard of this quickly moving trend of kettle bell training which originates in Russia.  They say it fuses strength training and cardio in one.  I heard this and thought, “I’m still not going to swing around a cannon ball”.  But a few weeks ago I was reading the blog of Tim Ferris, author of the very interesting and somewhat insane, #1 NY Times best selling book, The Four Hour Body.  Tim featured a woman who as a mother of two, found herself 100 pounds overweight.  She started doing kettle bell exercises which consisted of two or three really short workouts per week.  She lost those 100 pounds in one year.  I was impressed because she looks sleek and toned all over.  And hey, that’s what I want.

Since I’ve been struggling with major foot pain lately (due to I don’t know yet, will find out soon at the doctor’s), I thought, hey, I only need to stand for this exercise!  I can do that with minimal pain.  It’s walking, running, and moving around that hurts my feet.

So anyway, I’ve spent only two weeks doing the kettle bell swing and a few other kettle bell exercises.  My first work out was 15 minutes and so easy I felt discouraged because “surely this is going to be pointless…”

Yet, the next day I could barely move from muscle soreness.  My calves, my thighs, my rear, my abs, my back, my shoulders, my chest, my arms, everything was sore!  Does that mean a relatively easy workout was working?  

I watched videos online to make sure I had the correct posture and I did (had my husband watch me to make sure). 

After two weeks I’ve lost two pounds.  AND, this is while retaining water due to PMS (which normally brings me up about 3-5 pounds).  My pants are more loose.  And I’ve only done five short workouts.

Could kettle bell training be a good alternative workout for those who only have time for exercise while watching TV or for those who have foot or knee pain and can’t walk/run?

Oh and guess what?  My Lantus went from 20 to 18 units in a 24 hour period and has maintained there.  And instead of one unit of fast acting insulin per 10 carbs it’s working at 1 unit per 15 carbs right now.

I’m going to continue this journey working out with a cannon ball with a handle and I will keep you posted as to my progress. 

(In case you’re wondering I’ve started with a 15 pound kettle bell.)

4 thoughts on “Kettlebell Training for Diabetics?

  1. Reyna Maher

    I WANNA TRY THIS!!!! Did you buy a specific video? I think it sounds fantastic. I just signed up for another 1/2 marathon…but I think I want to have one other option besides running and P90X. This sounds right up my alley. And…I am going to see if my sister has heard of it. She is an ultra-marathoner with a bad foot injury right now. This sounds like something she may be able to do while she waits for her foot to heal.

  2. Sysy Post author

    Reyna, I didn’t buy a video but I’m looking into it since it might be the most practical way to follow the right movements (right now just using youtube videos by fitness instructors lol)

    It gives a great pumped up feeling and something I’ve noticed is it really gives me more energy to get through the day with. I’ve heard it balances muscles out which helps one avoid injuries later on.

    Maybe your sister should give it a try so she can stay in form while her injury heals :)

    The greatest part which I left out is that it’s really fun!

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