I’ve been experimenting with small 15-30 second sprints at the end of 30 minutes exercise routines.
If you have not heard of this, there are different studies that suggest that doing a sprint at the end of moderate exercise routines can help minimize post-exercise induced hypoglycemia:
These results suggest that after moderate-intensity exercise, it is preferable for young individuals with insulin-treated, complication-free type 1 diabetes to engage in a 10-s maximal sprint to acutely oppose a further fall in glycemia than to only rest. The addition of the sprint after moderate-intensity exercise provides another means to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia in active individuals with type 1 diabetes.
So I’ve been experimenting in the last week with different pre-exercise blood glucose levels and found that the lower I am before starting to exercise, the higher amounts of points I lose after exercise. It seems that my resistance to exercise blood glucose drops the lower I am before starting to exercise.
Today I started exercising while dropping ( really bad idea, don’t do it ) and by the end of the exercise I was at about 68 when I started with the 30 second sprint. My blood glucose finally leveled at 59 ( see image below ) and I immediately had some carbs to compensate.
In the end, the sprints really do work. But today, I had this question:
Would sprinting also work any other time of the day under any other type of physical activity? As in, if I am going low, and do a sprint, would that stop my blood glucose to continue to go lower?
If this does work, it could be a useful emergency tactic when you are going low and have no carbs within reach.
Where could that possibly happen you ask? Mmm… what if you are stuck in traffic in the middle of a highway and don’t have any carbs in your car? ( this may or may not have happened to me ) Would getting out of your car to sprint buy you some time before you get to the closest convenience store?
What do you think?