All the bad #diabetches up in Equinox...
All the bad #diabetches up in Equinox... There's nothing like doing a Tabata workout when a hypo hits hard like wooooah. I find the gym to be a challenging place, not just because of the meatheads. It's really difficult maintaining stable sugars when working up a sweat, not to mention the effects of cardio often mask the initial signs of hypoglycemia. So, here's my top pro-tips for tackling the gym, discovered mostly thru my own trial & error 💁🏻 💪🏼
1 ) Eat a substantial snack one hour before working out that is a mix of carbs & fat such as an 🍏 & almond butter. The fat slows down the absorption of carbs, so it sustains you longer. If you're eating closer to your workout, eat just the apple about 15-30 min before hitting the gym. Minus the fat, the sugar hits you faster.
2) Always monitor your sugars, even if you feel "fine." This is where CGMs are life savers, but even without one, you should always check your BGs before, halfway, & after your workout. If I'm trending low, I confirm on my meter, then pop a glucose tab to keep me going for the rest of the workout. They are a quick, predictable & consistent way to bring BG s📈 They also taste terrible, so I avoid "over treating" a low.
3) Stay hydrated. I sometimes add a splash of juice in my water to keep my sugars level during the workout as a constant source of energy. Since it's diluted, I won't spike too high.
4) Timing is everything. If you do circuit training, do weights before cardio. Resistance & weight lifting can actually raise blood sugars, so do that portion first, then move on to cardio. If you do solely cardio, end the workout on a high intensity burst. I find that adrenaline boosts my BGs so I don't dip too low before heading home.
5) Carry extra snacks (a wallet to buy snacks is NOT enough) especially if working out outside. When you're crashing, the last thing you need is to be searching for a convenience store or waiting in a long line at Starbucks for over priced fruit snacks - or worse, a unicorn frappe 🦄. We all know what that causes...