1. Discuss any exercise plans with your diabetes care team. They can also advise on what and when to eat around exercise, and how to adjust your insulin to match your workout.
2. Check your blood glucose levels before, during and after exercise. Also check them several hours later, as they can drop up to 12 hours after exercise.
3. If you’re planning extended periods of activity outside, carry a ‘hypo pack’ with you, including snacks, your meter and test strips, to help you identify and treat low blood glucose levels quickly
4. Don’t be afraid of strenuous exercise, but be aware that it can cause lows.
5. Stay hydrated and ensure you drink plenty of fluids before, during and after exercise.
6. Have fast-acting glucose snacks handy: think hard lollies, 6-7 jellybeans, glucose tablets, half a cup of orange juice or a small can of non-diet soft drink.
7. Exercise with a friend and coach them on how to recognise the signs of a hypo and how to help you if it’s needed.
8. Always wear a medical ID bracelet, along with details of your emergency contact person.
9. Establish a regular routine for exercise – this will go a long way towards helping you maintain stable blood glucose levels.