For many of us summer is just beginning, which means it's time to get active! Head outside, maybe hit the beach, dust off your bike and a good pair of walking shoes!
What is your relationship to physical activity and diabetes management? What have you tried? What works for you and what doesn’t?
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ive always been pretty good with exercise as i actually really enjoy its physical and stress relieving benefits. pre diabetes it allowed me to eat whatever i wanted without putting 0n weight. pre diabetes i would never deprive myself 0f any food, just eat it and do more exercise. pre diabetes, what a great time!
six months into this t1 diabetes thing and exercise has become a religion. now there is no day that passes that i dont move in some way. i do zumba and kettle bell workouts, astanga yoga and cycling is my mode 0f transport.
i dont want to credit diabetes in any way because i hate it so much but it has made me a more active person, m0re constant with an exercise schedule. it has made me set fitness goals, which i havent done in years. all 0ut 0f fear, ha ha!!
i started running again, and im doing a 5k in july when im back in new york. i havent run a race in eight years. praying its not horribly nyc humid horrendous that day!
I have started walking every day since early summer. I am finding that my BGs are getting better and better and that the days that I exercise my numbers are always good at night. I do not have to worry about going high at night as much anymore. I really enjoy yoga too. I used to do it years ago. Laar month I had a yoga class. I really got inspired by the music and the breathing exercises and improvements in flexiblity and have brought that back into my life as well. It helps to relax my mind and put me in a good mood.
I used to run a lot but when I did I had a lot of lows and always had problems with back pain and soreness. Walking seems gentler for me and my BGs stay more consistent.
I did a "1/2 marathon" yesterday, I put quotes around it as it was a smaller race and there were a couple of spots that the trail wasn't marked out clearly in the woods, or we (all of the runners we talked to after the race...) didn't understand the marking system so people got lost in quite a few spots? And my Garmin fried out!!
I ran for 2:13 w/ much of it around 9:46 (after I found a runner w/ a Garmin and hung w/ her, which is how I know my pace...) which comes out to 13.61 miles but I'm not sure if I might've started out slower or stuff like that. I tried Enduralyte ("salt pills") which did a great job curing and preventing the persistent cramps I've had in many of my longer runs too so I am looking more forward to the rest of the summer.
It was also sort of a hair raising BG day:
When I woke up at 4:45 AM (to eat early, to get the IOB time to clear...), the CGM said 294 so I was like "eeeek" (or maybe %$#&!) and considered correcting but figured I should double check w/ the meter in case it was *really* crazy. Fortunately, it was "only" 198 so I corrected that and did some puttering and ate some eggs and then a small bowl of cereal after it returned to normal. I had cramps when I woke up too, and was concered it'd be a big problem for the race but was very pleased w/ the salt pills, despite the fact that they have similar ingredients to Gatorade, etc.
busy long weekend:
sat: spin class
sun: cycle 70kms, run 2kms off the bike to 'get that feeling'
today: ran 13kms, lifted weights, swum 1km.
starting to back into the swing of things in the offseason an build a bit..
keep on moving guys!
Exercise is the key to control! Check BS before and after to make sure you do not go to low.
I just finished riding in the Tulsa Tour de Cure this weekend and had a blast. Here's a video about the Minnesota Tour de Cure and the Red Riders (individuals living with diabetes who also ride bikes) who are also taking an active approach to controlling this in their own lives! I love seeing people out on bikes being active, especially while managing their diabetes :)
I just did the Tour in Pittsburgh on Sunday, which was pretty cool. Lots of different kinds of bikes at that ride: tandems, unicycles, mountain bikes, etc.
The relationship between activity and my BG management is pretty straight forward: It allows me to have a cheat day and eat more carbs (50 grams per day) than I could if I was not active.
Swimming three days a week (3x300) with trips to the weight room two days a week (kettle bell) is my normal routine. Getting on the bike and riding the Ghost Town Trail when the weather is nice, along with walking 2 miles a day is an added bonus.