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Fitness for the 4th of July

An evening swim!
An evening swim!
Julie Wanner, CMA, AS, FIFHI Certified, Author of "Diabetes Can Be Sweet...Once You Bury It."

This 4th of July holiday weekend there will be plenty of barbecues and fireworks. However, if you want a fun workout I have a great idea. Do you like to swim where there are no sharks? I do. Taking a swim in the pool early evening can be the perfect time especially for someone that has diabetes. Why? If you have already eaten dinner 1-2 hours prior to your swim your blood sugar can handle the exercise. It’s always best that you have someone swimming with you just in case you have a low blood sugar. Be sure they’re fully trained in what to do if your blood sugar takes a dive. In addition, keep your choice of glucose, juice, and snacks handy just in case you need them. Believe me a low blood sugar seems to happen when you're not prepared.

Swimming is a great way to get fit and feel fabulous at the same time. This summer take a break from the gym and head to the swimming pool for a change. Swimming is a way to take the pressure off of your joints. As a runner it’s critical for me to take a break by swimming. What type of exercise will you be doing this summer?

According to a Spanish study of young cyclists, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry watermelon is rich in the Amino Acid L-Citrulline, which reduces muscle soreness after exercise. What’s so amazing is that earlier research shows that L-citrulline helps lower blood pressure, improves heart health, and may enhance sexual stamina and athletic performance. If you have diabetes, this fruit has many health benefits for you.

It’s time to go for a swim. Are you ready? If you need to raise your blood sugar after you go swimming have a slice of watermelon.

Happy 4th of July weekend