Winter Sports and Nutrition Tips for Diabetics

Being a diabetic is tough all year round, but perhaps no more so than in the winter time. With the cold months of winter keeping you indoors and inactive, and the holiday season providing a few more treats than usual, it can be a real chore to keep up on staying healthy and fit when temperatures begin to drop outdoors.

If you’re battling diabetes and need new tactics for staying fit and having fun during the year’s colder months, check out these three winter sports and nutrition tips for diabetics:

1. Stay Moving

While the cold season will obviously keep you indoors more than usual, that’s no excuse to give up on your exercise routine. If you want to avoid the weight gain, muscle loss, and general health complications that are sure to result from a winter spent on the couch, plan ahead of time to get up and get moving whenever possible!

For some, this will mean exercising in the house, while for others, getting outside and enjoying what winter has to offer will be an even better bet.

2. Enjoy Winter Sports

Whether you’re a hockey fan, a skater, or just a cold-weather jogger, the winter is a fantastic season to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors! Taking part in an organized game is an easy way to set yourself a fairly unbreakable schedule, but any form of outside movement is sure to be an invigorating and worthwhile endeavor.

As is the case when performing any physical activity, be sure to drink lots of water, and, when it comes time to snack, keep the time of year in mind.

3. Eat With a Mind Towards the Season

Once winter sets in, the one thing, besides snow, that you can count on is less sun exposure and less physical activity; very few of us are keen to face the cold when it isn’t absolutely necessary, after all! Given this fact, you’ll need to supplement your diet with foods that promise to give you an extra boost of the vitamins and minerals that your body is missing out on during the winter.

This short list of fruits will give you an excellent idea of those that are able to be easily purchased crisp and fresh, even in winter, with each offering great winter nutrition benefits:

  1. bananas
  2. clementines
  3. cranberries
  4. grapes
  5. kiwi
  6. oranges
  7. pears
  8. tangerines

 

Depending on where in the world you hail from, you’ll also likely be able to add to that list with your own local favorites. In any case, make a point to indulge in fruits whenever possible, all winter long!

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