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!
Walking/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.
Weight 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.
Yoga/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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