If you think you only have to be concerned with your blood sugar if you're a diabetic, think again. As a type 1 diabetic of 17 years and a diabetic health coach, I can tell you that yes—keeping your blood sugar in check as a diabetic is crucial for overall health. But what you might not know is how important balancing blood sugar is for everyone, regardless of whether or not you're a diabetic.
If you’ve ever experienced sugar cravings, energy slumps, brain fog, or trouble with losing weight, the solution might be looking at how to better balance your blood sugar.
Most blood sugar problems we see are a result of insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas whose job is to help cells take in glucose to be used for energy. If we’re insulin-resistant, we’re left with blood sugar building up and excess insulin production, and both can subsequently lead to the symptoms I mentioned above.
I test my blood sugar between seven and eight times per day and know exactly which habits keep my blood sugar stable. It’s fascinating to me that on the days when I make room for outdoor exercise, it significantly affects my blood sugar in a positive way for the next 24 hours and has a positive impact on my hormone regulation.
In case you need a little convincing, here are three ways that working outside helps to balance your blood sugar: