Hitting the gym is a great way to stay fit and healthy. Working out helps to improve your mood and boost your energy. As a diabetic, it can also help to prevent long-term complications. Before you head to the gym, however, it’s necessary to take a few precautions. One way to be prepared is to pack your gym bag with these four essentials.
A Water Bottle
No matter what, drinking plenty of water is an important part of working out. It’s especially important for diabetics. Dehydration can cause your blood sugar levels to rise to dangerous levels. Bring a water bottle and refill it as necessary throughout your routine.
A Medical ID
Whether you go to the gym with a partner or not, you need to have some form of medical identification on you. This way, someone helping you won’t mistake a diabetic emergency for overexertion. Wearing an engraved medical id is one of the best ways for someone to quickly identify your situation and help you to get the assistance you need.
Your Glucose Meter
You should be testing your blood sugar levels before and after your workout. Having your glucose meter on hand is also beneficial for testing in the middle of a workout if you start to feel off.
Some Fast-Acting Snacks
It’s always a good idea to have some fast-acting carbohydrates on hand. Your gym bag is no different. You don’t want to be empty-handed if your blood sugar levels start to drop during your workout. Pack a small bottle of orange juice or a container of jelly beans. Glucose tablets can also be an effective treatment that is easy to pack.
While working out is good for your health, you should always be prepared. With these four essentials, you are better equipped to handle a diabetic emergency if it should arise while you’re at the gym.