T1D athlete Maddie Maloney incorporates relaxation into her type 1 diabetes management. She uses a combination of yoga and meditation to balance out her participation in other, higher-intensity sports like tennis, without putting her body at risk.
When Maddie began playing D1 tennis in college, she knew that she had to control her emotions to avoid spikes in adrenaline that might cause correlating spikes in blood sugar. Meditation became a great way for her to prevent pre-match spikes, and to stay calm throughout the game.
Continuing her meditation practice through sculpt yoga, Maddie has become more in tune with her body, figuring out what foods work for her, and how she can best control more intense emotions. Maddie has approached her athletic journey the same way she approaches her type 1 diabetes: always focused on improving rather than winning.