New year, new you! Belts and sport pouches to help with your fitness goals

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It’s a New Year, which means time to set your resolutions! No better time to reset and plan for the year ahead.  The most common resolutions are related to fitness. Healthy lifestyle choices are also an important part of managing your diabetes therapy and wearing an insulin pump should not limit you from staying active. 

The decision to wear your insulin pump or disconnect while exercising is entirely up to you – and depends on how your body responds to activity and the type of activity you are planning on doing. 

If you do disconnect, be sure you are aware of the duration of your disconnect and your exercise intensity. If you’re planning to disconnect for longer than 1 hour, it’s best to speak to your healthcare professional about a plan to replace insulin you won’t receive while disconnected. 

For those who like to keep your insulin pump connected while exercising, we know a big concern is where to comfortably wear your pump and keep it safe during physical activity.  With the right accessories, wearing your pump during exercise is no sweat! 

New Year, New You! Belts and Sport Pouches to help with your fitness goals | The LOOP BlogWalking/Running/Biking: Keep your pump close on a walk, jog or ride – using a Sports Waist Pouch or SPIbelt™ waist belt will help keep your pump from bouncing around. Our Sports Waist Pouch has a viewing window to easily access your pump’s screen and buttons, while a SPIbelt™ has a zipper closure and opening at the back to thread tubing through.     

New Year, New You! Belts and Sport Pouches to help with your fitness goals | The LOOP BlogWeight Training:  When lifting weights, you’ll want to keep your pump safe and out of the way.  Try a lightly padded case – like our Sports Cases – which can clip on to your waistband.

New Year, New You! Belts and Sport Pouches to help with your fitness goals | The LOOP BlogYoga/Pilates: Store your pump in something soft and flexible – Diabete-ezy™ Comfy Belts wrap around your pump to keep it in place around your waist and its soft, elastic material stretches and moves with you. Bonus tip - additional pockets around the belt can store additional supplies!       

It’s also always a good idea to keep some fast-acting carbohydrates on hand when you’re going to be active – glucose tabs are an easy grab-and-go solution! 

How do you plan on staying active in the New Year? Where do you wear your pump while exercising? We would love to hear your feedback in the comments section below!

 

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Submitted by Kurt Schwedler (not verified) on

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Like so many things with T1D, this is an "It depends" answer. My levels are very sensitive with exercise, so I have to watch things closely. For walking I just tend to leave the pump clipped to my side as normal. For bicycling, I use a reduced Temp Basal starting about an hour before a ride, then clip my pump more toward my lower back. For playing basketball, it is too strenuous -- and too physical -- to leave the pump on, so I disconnect but get close to the pump during breaks so the CGM can update readings. Regular games usually take 1.5 hours total. Testing before and after is a must, and often during the heavier activities. And for biking and hoops, glucose tabs and Gatorade are constant companions.

Submitted by E Benoit (not verified) on

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I love the freedom of being disconnected while I exercise. I am able to go sans pump up to an hour but need to be working out hard enough to sweat. I keep gu in my pocket for treatments. My biggest challenge is what to do at the start of a class when my bg runs high-like 250's and I want to disconnect for yoga. If I correct I am certain to be low by the end but if I don't then I can't disconnect.....such is the balancing act!


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