I just watched a news clip from ABC (believe it was perhaps Good Morning America) - that was discussing the benefits of walking to lose weight. That not only does it help offset complications of the heart, but also diabetes, dementia/Alzheimer's. Even better, you don't have to purchase any expensive equipment to do this or join a club and it's not hard on your joints like some exercises can be.
I keep on thinking that maybe the reason why I am still in good health - with having had diabetes for so long - that perhaps it is my love of walking (aka Tip-Toe Through the Tulipcs). I just love to walk!! I have friends that tell me that my calf muscles were very athletic looking (more like hard as a rock but I'm not that athletic more like a couch potato most of the time). I think that it is probably a combination of walking as well as long term diabetics having "firmer" flesh that have made me this way (many doctors over the years have commented on that when examining me). I also have friends that I think I poop them out because of my joy of walking. I don't walk fast - as far as I can tell - I just go along with the flow.
Now, I don't wear any fancy schmancy footwear. I either wear my rugged Mephisito thong sandals in the summer time - or if I really have to - a pair of running shoes (I hate enclosed shoes). No foot problems as of yet - touch wood.
According to the news clip I watched - 10,000 steps a day equals 5 miles. Easier said then done you are saying to yourself? Well, walking from your car that is parked further away from the mall entrance, walking up or down stairs (I always seem to forget something downstairs in my house). It all adds up.
If you are lucky enough to be able to walk outside everyday - and this is supposed to be done in 30 minutes - go for it. Pick a nice route, perhaps that has some nice gardens along the way. Whatever gets you motivated, such as a friend, a dog that needs a walk, or even a walking club (we have a few here in Montreal that I've heard of). Come winter time, there is mall walking as well (just window shop DO NOT BUY ANYTHING ).
As well, check out this website I just found now - called 10,000 steps - The Walking Site it contains alot of valuable information to get you started!