You Can’t Stop The Waves But You Can Learn To Surf… With Diabetes

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(Ryan is not currently scanning the coast but the pathophysiology of asthma. Authored July 2015.)

Let it be known: I am not a real surfer, yet. Can I swim? Aptly enough. Can I catch a wave? Yes. Can I stand up? Occasionally. Can I turn? Sure.

That said, as I scan a nice break off the coast of Maui, humbled is my main qualification. Surfing is an art honed through decades of work in salty water, watching the sun rise and descend on opposite horizons, all on the same day. I have observed real surfers. Those who are the art and the religion–no separation between their body and the waves, riding the earth’s energy. Gorgeous stuff.

Having paddled out now over 30 times, blood sugar themes do their emerging thing, and I know what to expect. In many ways, I’ve found surfing to be a simpler, more-straightforward cause and effect relationship between movement and glucose levels (compared to running or cycling). Continue reading

The Weekend Workout — Hit The Trail and Run!

The air is cooler. The foliage has a tinge of yellow. You can still feel a little bit of summer, but you know what’s coming–autumn. In my mind, there’s no better introduction to the season than blazing a trail on a run. No matter where you live, even here in the barren flats of Oklahoma City, trails are everywhere.

If you hit the trail this weekend, give this tutorial a quick watch to avoid any common trail running mistakes.

In my experience, trail running tends to produce more work on the body, thus leading to more demands on the blood sugar. Here’s a few tips to stay in range:

1) Pack more than one snack. I tend to use a few that have different macronutrient ratios. I’ll bring a Gu and a Clif Bar.
2) Remember that it’s always easier going out than it is coming back, especially if you started running downhill.
3) Lots of water. It’s still hot out.

The Yoga Lessons: 5 Diabetes Aspects To Keep In Mind

Does it have any effect?

Diabetes has never been afraid to teach a lesson; thus, its effects have meandered into my yoga practice. Do normal people have to think about these things? Not a chance.

 

1) Know which side your pump site is attached.

If it happens to be sore, and you roll over on it after a calming savasana, all of that peace can disappear quickly.

 

2) Tuck in your tubing!

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The Weekend Workout

Yoga is back. YouTube is THE resource for yoga on the internet–many teachers with so many styles. To make a wide-sweeping, not all that educated generalization, I see two different ways to practice:

1) Classic – This is your flow-based, Vinyasa style. Based on a traditional pose oriented routine. Think Sun Salutations.
2) Workout – This is the new age. Without a care about peace and mindfulness. Savasana what? Sweat and fatigue are the primary goals here. Continue reading

The Weekend Workout

It’s Saturday morning, and for many of us, the time to reinvest into our physical being. Look for DDG recommended workouts most weekends right here under The Weekend Workout.

This week’s spotlight shines on YouTube. Yes, the physical activity Mecca. I love yoga. It gets me connected. YouTube is amazing source of content in this arena. Continue reading