Exercise and Diabetes.
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Exercise and Diabetes
Leading an active lifestyle and exercising regularly is a huge part of having a healthy and happy lifestyle. That’s why we gathered some useful information about that topic from 6 diabetics who are sharing their best tips. We asked them which type of movement is their favorite.
Yi Ting Lee (Instagram: @leep.yiting) (Website: http://yitingdiabetesdiva.com)
“Hi, my name is Yi-Ting. I love to dance, meditate, enjoy walking in nature, and doing Yoga. Walking, meditating, yoga, and dancing has caused a great impact in my life with diabetes. It has helped me emotionally, spiritually, and physically.”
Sarah Ellefson (Instagram: sarah_mytype2life) (Website: www.mytype2life.com)
„I have worked hard over the last 6.5 years to better control my diabetes. I have maintained a weight loss of 70-75lbs. I have incorporated some healthy habits to help me along the way. These habits have helped me better manage my blood sugars. I meal prep every week and I enjoy staying active. I aim to workout 5-6 days a week. My favorite types of exercise are walking, running, and strength training. Walking and running seem to have a positive impact on lowering my blood sugars. Strength training helps me build lean body mass and feel strong. Most importantly, staying active helps me better manage stress. I seem to think more clearly and have less anxiety when I am active.”
Taja (Instagram: @tajacato) (Website: www.tajacato.com)
“I've been living with type 1 diabetes for over 21 years and spent a big portion of those years trying to be "fit". Weight lifting is my favorite.”
Darrell Greene (Instagram: @T1d_g) (Website: https://www.fox13memphis.com/author/darrell-greene/)
“I’ve been a television anchor in sports and news for a combined 31 years now. It’s all I’ve ever known! I’m also a former college athlete (football at THE Arkansas State University) diagnosed T1D in 1993 at the age of 24. So I remember very well life before the needles. I’ve learned so much over the years. Some through education but most by just surviving the ups and downs. The funny part? Even now, 27+ years after diagnosis, I’m still learning my body, and how it reacts to food/insulin/exercise. I discover new things on the regular and do my best to be open-minded when others have different ideas. Let me get this part out of the way: I. HATE. CARDIO. I do some. But I’m not a regular runner or biker or walker. I do run some. And walk some. But always begrudgingly. I don’t like the impact sustained cardio has on my knees, my hips, and even my brain. I prefer resistance training. That includes traditional weight training focusing on the “big 4” of squats/deadlifts, bench press, overhead presses, and pull-ups. I also do HIIT with weights in between weight training cycles. I subscribe to the theory that good muscle mass, not bulk, is the best for my glucose control. RT also is great for my bone health, mental strength, and weight/body fat control. I have experimented with yoga. I got into classes last fall. I do enjoy it and saw very different strength gains and greatly improved my flexibility. I’m hooding you get back into classes after COVID, , but in the meantime, I do plan to begin on-line yoga practices at least twice a week. That has been, by far, my favorite non-weight training exercise. I also learned to turn my everyday activity into training. Mowing my yard wearing a weighted vest. Concentrating on endurance and strength while doing home improvement projects. Kind of “Karate Kid” style. Think about it. Thinking about form when paining, hanging sheetrock, building garden beds, etc. anything can be turned into a workout while getting real work done. At the moment I am 5’11, 181lbs. I have more body fat than I want (currently at 16%) but I like me. I refuse to succumb to the “IG models” With shredded abs and the plastic idea of what I am supposed to look like. I also refuse to believe the perfect diabetic exists. I own my diabetes and we wrestle every single day. I’ve learned to find joy in those battles even tho I lost my fair share. Every morning I tell myself to be strong and very courageous. And I remind myself of that mantra when things get tough. It’s never easy and it never will be. But until I’m dead, I’m ALWAYS in the fight!”
Sean Morrison (Instagram: @TypeOneTriDude) (Website: www.amoreson.com)
“I am a Type 1 Diabetic ketogenic intermittent fasting athlete. My favorite is Charity cycling.”
Daria (Instagram: @t1level_daria) (Website: www.t1levelfitness.co.uk)
“I have been through the bad blood sugars myself, struggled with fears of insulin, carbs, and lows. My knowledge helps and inspires others to get active and take care of their T1D. Weightlifting. I know how to manage most types of exercise. I always workout after a meal. Cardio requires a reduced bolus, and weights don’t really affect me.”
And what is your favorite type of movement? How this type of exercise impacts your diabetes?
Monica is a marketing maanger at Dianurse and a blogger.