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I’ll admit that I’m a gym rat. I love the gym and I find comfort in the machines, the background music, the energy and the people all in one space in order to achieve their fitness goals and feel better about how they look.

That said, I know there are a lot of people who don’t enjoy gyms for a variety of reasons so it’s always great to have other options to stay lean and fit.

Especially for those of us with type 1 diabetes it is critical that we build lean muscle, reduce inflammation and manage our blood sugars successfully. All of which can be accomplished with correct nutrition and exercise.

So before you go to the park, put on your workout gear and try the following exercises while there to make the most of your park visit.

For 5-10 minutes jog around the park. Don’t exert yourself too much, you just need to warm up and get the body warmed up.

Find the monkey bars and simply cross back and forth 3 times. If you can do it without stopping, that is fantastic, if you need a break, honor your body and take it. But under no circumstances use momentum to propel yourself across the monkey bars.

Then find the parallel bars and do dips. Do three sets of 12 reps making sure to take two seconds to go down and two seconds to go up. There is no point in rapidly going through an exercise just to get it done, force your muscle to work and change by being mindful of your pace.

Next you get to do pull ups. Pull ups are one of the best exercises you can EVER do. Do 3 sets of 8. Again pay attention to your pace and form. I’d rather have you do them correctly and do fewer than start bad habits.

You will now do knee tucks with the swing set. Find a way to put your toes on the swing (or maybe lock your feet in the swing) and bring your knees to your chest. This will help with core stability as well as work your arms and chest. Do 3 sets of 15.

For the last exercise, you will use the swing again. Place one foot on the swing and remaining standing on the other leg. You will be in a lunge position. Now keeping your foot on the swing sink into a lunge. You will do 3 sets of 15 squats per leg.

There you have it several exercises you can do at the park to turn an afternoon park visit into a killer workout. One that helps you reach your fitness and blood sugar goals so you can successfully manage type 1 diabetes a little more effectively.

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