September is a perfect time to go hiking in Honolulu. While hiking outdoors you can reduce stress, lower blood glucose levels and burn calories all at the same time.
Just getting away from work and stress can do wonders for your mental state as well. Quality time to think and gain a whole new perspective on any challenge is beneficial. Stress especially has a negative impact on anyone with diabetes. Learning how to de-stress is imperative so you can live a healthy and happy life.
Before starting your hiking adventure read through this checklist. 1) Carry your cell phone and be sure family and friends know what hiking trail you took. Don’t go alone. Definitely, have a hiking destination map. 2) Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable clothing and shoes. No heels or flip flops. Carry a first aid kit which contains band aids. You never know when you will need to stop and take care of a blister. Check your feet daily for cuts, blisters, sores, or any swelling. 3) Carry alkaline water with you at all times. Dehydration is serious and it is crucial you stay hydrated. Since electrolytes are lost through sweat it is vital that you replace them regularly. Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources as well as fruit juices. 4) Carry sugar (glucose tablets) your choice just have what works best with you all of the time. 5) Carry healthy snacks with you while hiking. If you do not have any nut allergies; nuts make a convenient snack. A trail mix containing dried fruit is another option. 6) Carry medical supplies including glucose meter, lancets, testing strips, cotton balls, insulin, syringes, pen, or pump. Have a cooler with you as temperatures change in Hawaii. Insulin should never be frozen. Also, testing strips and insulin can be damaged by high temperatures. 7) Think positive thoughts. Change your perspective and your future becomes brighter. Relax and have an enjoyable hike!
“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” ~ Arthur Rubinstein