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Spring is here, and we all know what that means—beach season. It’s about that time where we spend extra hours in the gym to look extra trim poolside. The only problem is diabetes doesn’t really care about your pound-shedding plans, in fact, insulin is known to pack the extra pounds on despite your diet.

So what’s a person with diabetes to do? Well, unfortunately we can’t go on the crash diet like our non-diabetic counterparts. We have to think more strategically. Our routine has to be a year-long commitment to our health routine. Yeah, yeah…bring on the eye rolls and audible sighs, but it’s really beneficial in the long run.

Think about it — spending an hour in the gym, or an hour exercising outside, works wonders. Jogging a mile burns just over 100 calories, and you can easily achieve this workout in roughly eight minutes! If you don’t like running, head outdoors for a brisk walk. Try to keep moving for an hour, even if it’s walking—it’s still valuable cardio at the end of the day.

If you have trouble getting motivated to hit the gym, join one that has a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout if you want to get a quick burn. Join a yoga studio if you like less stress in your workout. Or get a personal trainer if you want some one-on-one attention. The important thing is to find a workout that will keep you coming back for more. Your blood sugars will thank you.

So, at the end of the day, get your sweat on and hydrate all year round for your best beach body results. Always know you’re trying your best and the results will follow. Strut your stuff at the beach with confidence!

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