Managing a condition like diabetes can make staying fit a challenge, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. While life may bring challenges, reaching our health and fitness goals can still be within our power.
We found eight social media stars who aren’t letting diabetes keep them down. Get ready for some fit-tastic inspiration to get moving.
1. Christel Oerum
Having lived with type 1 diabetes since she was 19 years old, Oerum follows the motto that “there’s nothing you can’t do with diabetes.” She’s sharing that philosophy with the rest of the diabetic community through TheFitBlog, which she started with her husband. Oerum aims to give information about exercising with diabetes. To get workout tips, articles, and recipes, follow her via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.
2. Roddy Riddle
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 40, this ex-international cyclist wasn’t going to let his condition slow him down. He now tackles ultrarunning events and has completed the Marathon des Sables, also called “The Toughest Footrace on Earth.” No biggie — just a 155-mile run in temperatures of about 120°F (49°C). You can follow more of his extreme adventures on his blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
3. Jason Poston
Poston struggled with the onset of his type 1 diabetes after a misdiagnosis. As an avid bodybuilder and athlete, he knew it was time to get healthy again. Once was properly diagnosed and taking insulin, he turned his bodybuilding career around to become a four-time International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) champion. For some weightlifting inspiration, follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
4. Rachel Zinman-Jeanes
We know yoga can help improve flexibility, breathing, and muscle strength, but it may also help with diabetes. At least, that’s what Zinman-Jeanes has discovered. A passionate yogi since her teenage years, Rachel now runs blog Yoga for Diabetes to share how yoga has helped her manage diabetes. Follow her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or her blog to learn more.
5. Team Novo Nordisk
This is actually a global sports team of diabetic cyclists, triathletes, and runners. The team started with the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, and it now consists of about 100 athletes from over 20 countries. If you’re looking for not just one, but many athletes to inspire you, follow Team Novo Nordisk via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
6. Robin Arzon
Arzon trains as an endurance runner, competing in marathons and ultramarathons. “I want to see this world on two feet, and I think there is a beautiful cadence to footsteps that has become like the soundtrack to my life,” she says. You can follow her via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, or check out her website.
7. Kris Freeman
As an elite cross country skier, Freeman isn’t letting his diabetes get the best of him. After moving to Park City, Utah to train with the U.S. Ski Team and pursue Olympic dreams, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 19. Keep up with Freeman on Twitter or check out his website.
8. Daniele Hargenrader
Daniele developed diabetes at 8 years old and weighed 200 pounds at her heaviest. She learned to thrive with her diabetes instead of struggling with it. Through self-education, she became a nutritionist and certified personal trainer. Now, she is the founder of Diabetes Dominator, a place where she talks about managing diabetes and helps others take control of their health. To learn more about coping with diabetes and living healthfully, follow Daniele via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or her website.
It can take some willpower to manage a condition like diabetes. These social media stars are an inspiration for taking charge of their health, staying fit and active, and crushing challenges.