Being active is a crucial part of diabetes management. Although a lot of us dread exercising, it’s one of the most effective ways to improve blood sugar control. And the good news is, it doesn’t have to be torturous. Here are some tips for living healthy life and moving well.
- Don’t get stuck
Allocate 10 minutes each day to run through a basic routine of full body mobility movements and stretches. This will ensure that through the years you don’t lose your range of motion in your joints.
Who said exercise has to be intense all the time? Spend as much time on your feet each day as you do sitting. Walk around the office, walk your commute, and even a bit of housework is enough to balance out your sedentary time.
- Pay attention to your posture
Good postural alignment when sitting or standing enables you to move better, and prevents fatigue. When your posture is correct, you remove strain from the spine. While good posture isn’t necessarily as simple as standing or sitting up tall and elegantly, it’s a good start. Try to be aware of how much you slouch. Watch people passing in the street, or look across the room at your colleagues. If you’re constantly noticing the way others carry themselves, you’ll be more aware of yourself.
- Control your breathing
Once you’re sitting and standing tall, begin breathing deep into your diaphragm, while lifting your ribcage up and outwards. This will strengthen the important connection between breathing and posture.
- Get a massage
There are many different techniques to relax your body and mind. While we sometimes need an elbow or hard ball to break up deep facial adhesions, oftentimes all we need is the light touch of fingertips across the surface of our skin to help relive muscular tension.
- Go Slow
In order to build good habits, practice your movements slowly and in a controlled manner. With solid foundations you’ll be prepared for endurance and agility when it matters. Rushed movements can lead to injury.