wall squat

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, When I Did A Wall Squat

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when I did a wall squat
My legs were so sore, I couldn’t walk across a parking lot.
So today’s Type Happy Challenge won’t be a big scare,
But your legs will be wobbly, so please be aware.

Day 8 for the Type Happy Holiday Challenge calls for some strength. The challenge is to read the Christmas classic “The Night Before Christmas” while you perform a wall squat. Take breaks if you need it, but try to finish the book.

  1. Stand in the sitting position leaning against the wall
  2. Feet hip distance apart
  3. Make sure your knees are at 90 degree angles
  4. You knees should be located directly above your ankles, make sure that they aren’t positioned past your feet or ankles

Feel that burn and your legs workin’!

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

spin class with a friend

Friendship + Food + Workout = A Perfect Day

Diabetic Tips For Working Out, Workouts

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”

Nothing is better than spending a full day this holiday season with a great friend. My favorite memories are times spent doing active things with people I love. My best friend and I are both very health conscious people. We always meet to eat our favorite paleo and vegan meals and then do our favorite spin workout together. Not only is she great company, but she is amazing support to me and my lifestyle. Today’s Type Happy Holiday Challenge is to spend the day with your best friend and plan to do your favorite active activity together.

type happy challenge day 1

All I Want For Christmas Is An Ab Workout

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To kick off Day 1 of the 25 Days of Type Happy Holiday Challenge, here is something easy and quick to do. Since it is Cyber Monday, I figured many people would be sitting inside attached to their computers or working. So today’s challenge is to play your favorite holiday song and perform as many bicycle sit-ups as you can to the length of the song. I picked Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” song and did 403 bicycles!

Good luck and most importantly have fun!

How to do a Bicycle Sit-up:
1. Lie on your back, hands behind head, legs off the ground and bent
2. Bring your right elbow to your left knee
3. Switch and bring your left elbow to your right knee
4. Leg not being used should be straight and off the ground with toe pointed
5. Tighten your core in order to bring your elbow all the way to your knee
6. Core should stay engaged and keep alternating your legs and elbows

25 days of type happy holiday challenge

Join Me In The Type Happy Holiday Challenge!

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Tomorrow is finally December 1st! So this holiday season, I’m implicating The 25 Days of Type Happy Holiday Challenge! All of you feel free to join me as I post a new challenge each day to prepare you for the holidays this month! If you decide to do it with me everyday or even just one day, tag me in your photos/ ideas/ or posts on Instagram, Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc.  at @TypeOneTypeHappy and hashtag #TypeHappyChallenge! I’d love to see what you all come up with! Whether you are Type 1, Type 2, or Type None, we are all happy types of people! It’s my favorite season of the year and I want to share it with everyone! Each day will consist of a different challenge involving holiday food, recipes, workouts, and of course..the holiday spirit! Let’s get fit, healthy, and cheery together! Stay tuned for a the daily posts and LET’S DO THIS!

looking at watch

3 Things Diabetics Should Think About When “Falling Back” The Time

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This month we set our clocks back one hour until Spring comes around. Even though it doesn’t feel like it, one hour can be a lot! One hour more of sleep, one hour difference of meal times, one hour less of sunlight! Now, for a lot of people, this may not seem like a big deal. But for Diabetics, it affects everything.

  1. Sleep

Sleep is a huge part of a diabetic’s life. This extra hour is a glorious thing. Not getting enough sleep can majorly affect a person’s hormones, metabolism, stress levels, and blood sugar levels drastically. After only a few days of little sleep, research has been showed that people have constant high blood sugar levels. Consequently, when they got back onto a longer sleeping schedule, their blood glucose levels went down immensely. Losing sleep also promotes higher levels of Cortisol (the stress hormone). Cortisol promotes insulin resistance and elevates higher blood sugars. So keeping that stress level down and sleep schedule up, can improve a person’s health immediately.

  1. Meals and Medication

Moving the clocks backward, can also affect your meals, eating habits, and when you take your medications. For diabetics, we try to live on a schedule that suits our meal times and when we need to take our short-acting and long-acting insulin. Spacing out your meals so that you aren’t eating late at night is something important to think about. Taking an insulin dosage for a late meal can make you more at risk for night-hypoglycemia, which can be a scary thing. So make sure with this time change that you are still sticking with a constant meal plan and that you don’t end up eating too late into the night. The time change also makes us change and adapt our long-lasting insulin dosage to the correct time of day that we want. Changing your insulin schedule by one hour will not make much of a serious difference, so changing your routine for the time change should no be a problem. However, just make sure that you are doing it at the same time each day.

3. Less Time to Exercise

Since the days are getting shorter with less daytime to do activities, there is less time to get out and exercise. Fitting in that workout everyday is a great habit to get into. Exercise does a lot of magical things for the diabetic body. Not only does it keep us fit, but it also helps bring down our blood sugars, stabilizes us, and helps with insulin sensitivity. So when the days are getting shorter, you might want to have your workout schedule to be in the morning when the sun is up before starting the rest of your day. If you are an evening gym-buff, joining a gym, cycling class, yoga class, or anything indoors will help motivate you get into the workout state of mind while its dark and looking like bedtime outside. I am a runner, so I changed up my routine to running in the morning because that is when it is light outside, it gets dark by the time I get home from work so running in the evenings is no longer an option for me. When I do workout in the evenings, I like to go to a spin or yoga class to get myself going.

Good luck with your fall adaptions!