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Exercise and Diabetes

Updated: Dec 1, 2022

Being healthy is so much more than looking in the mirror and seeing our body composition change!

For some, we face many challenges in everyday life with illnesses that are effecting us. Diabetes is one of those!

Chef Gino has been living with Type 1 Diabetes since the age of 16, which has allowed him to connect more with his own fitness and nutrition.

Fitness and Nutrition comes hand in hand with the ability to create, both a healthy mind and body,Chef Gino gives us his tips on managing Diabetes and discusses exercise.

Having any illness can be extremely challenging and Chef Gino is going to help us in managing how we implement exercise into our daily routines and how this has a huge positive effect.

Controlling Blood Glucose Levels pre and post workout through Diet and Exercise

The number one rule for controlling your glucose levels through diet is by getting into a routine. Some people may find it easier to manage their blood glucose levels if they eat at the same time each day. Making a note of what foods you are eating, especially when consuming carbohydrates allows you to have an idea of how these foods affect your glucose levels when eaten pre or post exercise.

When looking at carbohydrates, it is important to look at the Glycaemic Index (GI) as this is the rate at which carbohydrates are processed in the form of glucose within the bloodstream. The higher the number, the quicker your glucose levels will rise. Opting for low-GI foods can allow a slower digestion of glucose into the bloodstream with the aid of fibre to sustain energy levels over a longer period of time. These include:

• Dried beans legumes

• Oatmeal

• High fibre fruits

• Non-starchy vegetables

Making exercise part of your daily routine, especially aerobic activities like walking or cycling will get your heart pumping. You should aim to be active for a minimum of 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week and slowly introduce resistance workouts into your routine to strengthen the muscles within the body and allow glucose stores to be used during recovery.

Finding the right time to exercise helps keep blood glucose levels low all day and by finding that schedule that best suits your lifestyle helps towards levelling off your glucose levels. Exercising early mornings, before work or at lunchtime can boost productivity levels and lower stress levels. These times can avoid a rise in glucose levels as they are away from a working environment.

Here at HubFiiiT we know how important it is to shout about those small wins, so remember that any victory is a success and we want to hear about it.


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