It is hard for a lot of people to start up an exercise routine. This may seem even more apparent for people with diabetes since there is a little more to be aware about before exercising. One of the biggest downers while exercising for people with diabetes is having a low during your workout. This can discourage many and can sometimes even lead people away from their exercise routine. Here are some tips to help prevent hypoglycemia from happening to you, keeping you focused on your workout.
- Make sure you test your sugar at least 15-30 mins. before a workout session. This will give you enough time to make any adjustments you need to make prior to your workout.
- Learn how your body responds to your workout schedule. By testing your sugars before, during and after exercise will give you a better understanding about how your sugars fluctuate during exercise.
- Try to exercise right in the morning before breakfast. The reason for this is that your body is more insulin resistant in the morning so your chances of developing lows will drop significantly.
- Always carry some form of rapid acting sugars with you. This will help you correct your low fast enough which will allow your transition back to your work out move a lot smoother. It may even be best to eat a little bit during exercise (5-10 grams of carbs).
- Know how your medications affect your workout. People with type 1 diabetes should make sure they know when their insulin peaks and try to work between those times. For people with type 2 diabetes, check what types of medications you are taking. If you are taking medications with long duration periods such as, Diabinese, Diabeta, Micronase, etc. then talk to your doctor about adjusting your medications according to your workout needs.
If you feel like you are experiencing a low during your workout routine then test your sugar and find out. If you are low, (under 70mg/dL) eat roughly 15-20 grams of fast acting carbohydrates and test your sugar in 15 mins. If you are still low then repeat the process until you are back to normal. Another thing to be aware of is that not all exercise lowers blood sugar levels. Intense exercise can sometime raise your blood sugar level due to the fact that insulin resistant hormones are being released (adrenaline). So make sure you monitor what type of exercise you plan on doing because you don’t want to end up with any lows or highs.
Even though it will take some extra work at first, preparing yourself for the gym will do a lot to help you prevent hypo and even hyperglycemia from happening during your exercise routine. By avoiding high and low sugars during your workout will help maximize the benefits from those activities. Have any tips for preventing lows during your workout?? Let us know in the comments below!!