At HypoActive, we believe diabetics should harness their insulin injected engines.
Exercise promotes a whole range of health benefits, and for diabetics, this is especially important. But it's not easy. It can be complicated and frustrating. No one wants hypos (or hypers) during or after exercise.
The mission statement for HypoActive is: to inspire and enable the Type 1 community to live a more physically active lifestyle.
We are your peers. We too go through the same challenges surrounding exercise in a busy lifestyle while managing type 1 diabetes. We welcome anyone who is interested in exercise regardless of their current level of activity and experience.
HypoActive's popular fun run/walk/ride group won't be meeting on the last Sunday of July as on that day we have a strong team entered in Run Melbourne. But for August we've got a special morning lined up at Melbourne's central, iconic Tan Track.
John on The Tan
After a number of years of raising solid teams of type 1 cyclists for the annual Bicycle Queensland event, this year HypoActive is doing something just a little different. We're putting on a ride solely for type 1's and planning a special route to fill all your type 1 needs.
This is the biggest marathon in Australia. It has been running since 1978, when over 2,000 people ran from Frankston to the Melbourne Town Hall. Now there are well over 6,000 who complete the full marathon and over 35,000 runners and walkers who enter the four accompanying - shorter - distances. And once again, the amazing new HypoActive singlets will be out there, spread through the separate events, showing active people from all walks of life that type 1 diabetes needn't stop anyone doing anything.
Maria Smyth is relatively new to a type 1 world, but not to exercise. She has always understood the importance of and enjoyed keeping fit, but when delivered the weighty diagnosis just a couple of years ago found it difficult and frightening to contemplate hurling herself into training. Then she heard of HypoActive and took steps to find out more.
The first AcT1vate - a weekend created to bring together type 1's of all abilities for learning, sharing and experiencing exercise - was in 2010. We're now planning our 4th AcT1vate, but it's heart-warming to see other entities tackling the now defined need for enabling type 1's to better their health by getting active. Over August 8th to 10th, AMSL Diabetes gathered clinicians and type 1's from all over the country at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra to get learning, leaping and lapping up the good oil on type 1 diabetes and exercise.