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Enjoying the Outdoors with Diabetes

You don’t have to let diabetes keep you from getting outside and enjoying nature. Here are some suggestions for a great day out: 

  1. Plan out your day so you are prepared with your insulin routine. Does your blood sugar change with heat, exercise, elevation? You might need to initially experiment as you learn how your body reacts to different conditions. Start the day with a good meal, monitor the outdoor temperature, and drinks lots of water.  
  2. Have backup supplies all your diabetic medications and equipment in case something gets damaged, lost or loses its charge during your outing. See further tips about equipment here
  3. You can enjoy the outdoor and get your exercise too—when you get your body moving it can better use your insulin. Exercise outdoors can involve walking, biking, and swimming. The latter two are great non-weight bearing exercises which can be easier if you have other health issues suggests Web MD. Make sure you have properly fitted shoes, helmet and pool equipment (water shoes can save your feet from scrapes and slips)
  4. Don't start doing really high-impact activities if you did not already do them and check with your healthcare provider if you have concerns. Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes. It can include nerve damage and reduced blood flow to the feet, and increase the risk for injuries. Asking questions and keeping your healthcare provider updated on your progress can keep you better informed and can motivate you! 
  5. Consider bringing along a friend or get involved with organized groups.  A national initiative #TakeaHikeDiabetesTour is working with Hike My Feelings to encourage the diabetes community to get outdoors even in urban settings.  Remember getting outdoors doesn’t have to mean something remote or far from civilization. You can enjoy nature in local areas, parks or trails. And often having someone else with you makes the time more enjoyable. 
  6. Spoonie Threads has your covered with accessories to help with your active lifestyle:  
    • Our insulin pump belt is a great way to carry supplies. It’s soft, stretchy, and sweat-wicking, with antimicrobial power and a hidden zipper pocket to store your meds, phone, insulin pump, and more – but so comfy, you’ll forget you’re wearing it.
    • Likewise, our Bicep Band is great for outdoor activities. Designed to support T1D management devices, it’s soft, sweat-wicking, and SPF50 – so you can focus on your day, not your device.
    • And finally, our soft sleeve PICC line cover is sweat-wicking support for PICC lines and insulin monitoring devices. IT helps secure PICC lines, IVs, MiniMeds, Omnipods, FreeStyle Libres, and other small devices. The sensory-friendly seams and SPF 50 material are great for eczema and sun sensitivity, too. 

Now you have the know-how and some great supply ideas—get out there and enjoy the great outdoors! 

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