The weather is warming up and sunny days are becoming more plentiful. Summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy nature and breathe in the fresh air. Living with type 1 diabetes doesn’t have to hold you back from making the most of summer activities and staying active. As long as you know how to effectively manage your diabetes, the possibilities are endless. Here are just a few activities that you can enjoy this summer:
- Hiking: Check out local nature preserves, national parks and forests, or walking trails. Lace up your shoes and explore all of the plants, animals, and gorgeous landscapes that surround you. It’s also a great way to get in some cardio exercise.
- Biking: Not feeling up to walking? Go for a bike ride around your neighborhood or town. Biking puts less pressure on your joints than other activities, and it can be refreshing to feel the breeze across your face.
- Recreational Sports: Gather up some friends and start up a game of basketball, soccer, catch, tennis, or any other sport you enjoy. This is a wonderful way to keep your body moving and enjoy the nice weather while socializing.
- Gardening: Spend time planting or tending to your own garden, or visit a local farm to pick strawberries, blueberries, or other produce. Even better – you get to enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables when you’re done, and they can help with blood sugar.
- Walking/Jogging/Running: Depending on how active you want to be, you can take a brisk walk or jog or go for a run. Many communities hold 5Ks, 10Ks, and marathons throughout the summer, so consider challenging yourself and supporting a good cause.
Don’t forget that no matter what outdoor activities you choose, it’s important to stay hydrated and monitor your blood sugar level regularly. Make sure you have any necessary supplies with you and that you keep your insulin in a cool place. Having some snacks on hand can be a good idea too. Know your body and how your blood sugar responds to certain types of physical activity so you can be prepared.
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