I hate the way to my gym, I hate the entrance to my gym. I hate the receptionist in my gym. I hate the locker room in my gym. I hate the stupid music they play in my gym.  I hate the smell of my gym. I hate the machines in  my gym.

What’s to like in a gym. They are ugly places with robotic looking, smug, happy, overbuilt people. Uggggghh. Those flashy, overpriced clothes, those stylish water bottles (the bigger the arm, the bigger the circumference of the bottle), those irritating cordless headphones. Looks like each person there is being paid to advertise a certain sports or a health brand.

What’s more. Nobody talks to anybody, unless they come in pairs. Human machines on those parallel treadmills. Reminds me of the movie i-robot. Each and every person in the gym is a self-obsessed monster, happy with the mirror in the front.

Did i mention i hate the gym.

Despite this not-so-moderate feeling, you go ahead and swipe your credit card and get a year’s membership. The first few days were enthusiastic, but in a few weeks you slipped out of routine and its has been 6 months ever since.

If you have gone through this in your first or second attempt in gym memberships, trust me the gym is not for you. It’s probably  intimidating, too structured, too monotonous. The reasons will be different for different people.

But as a diabetic, exercise is essential. So what are the options that you have?

You don’t have to live in a green zone with a track defined for walking, jogging or cycling. In a place like Mumbai you will not find one. Your local park or garden will do. In the absence of one, your colony’s perimeter will do. You can use the benches in the park to stretch. If there are enough lamp-posts or electric poles use them as mental markers. Give your imagination wings. Get a pedometer. Create your own set of measurements and calibrations.

You could start at a base level and improve your record in terms of the distance or the time taken, over weeks. At a steady pace. Compete a bit with yourself. In the process if you find someone like-minded, be thankful. But depend only on yourself. You could also progress from walking to jogging and ultimately also get a cycling bike if you think you are in rhythm.

At the core of it, keeping your sugar levels under control is important. Shedding an x amount of calories per day is important. Being able to enjoy an odd meal without worrying about heightened sugar levels is important. Being able to walk or jog at a whim is important.

It doesn’t matter whether you achieve this at the gym or in your other comfort zone. What is important are the results from your pathlab and the fact that you are happy and in good health every single day.