Workouts for Diabetic Patients
Diabetic Care and Exercising
It is crucial for those with diabetes to exercise frequently to maintain their strength and range of motion, and promote a healthy metabolism. According to the National Institutes of Health, exercise in diabetics helps prevent diabetes related illness and lowers blood sugar levels. There are many different types of exercises to choose from for those considering adding exercise to their lifestyle. One of our favorite ways to exercise is by using bands. These bands allow you to control the exercise intensity. Usually they come in an easy, medium and hard resistance allowing the person to choose difficulty according to their strength level. We have five moves that will be a great exercise for you or your loved ones living with diabetes.
1. Shoulder Raises
- Stand with feet shoulder width apart with one end of the band under one foot, and your opposite hand holding the other end.
- Pull the band towards your armpit allowing your elbow to become parallel with the floor. Repeat 8-10 times and then switch arms.
2. Rhomboid Squeeze
- Sitting in a chair, or standing with feet shoulder width apart, raise the band above your head with one end in each hand. Keep your elbows soft, but form 90 degree angles.
- With palms facing inward, pull hands away from your head causing your shoulder blade muscles to contract. Repeat 12-15 times.
3. Standing Side-Leg Lift
- Place the tubing under each foot keeping feet hip-width apart and keep the tubing tight (no slack).
- Bend your knees and flex hips slightly, using your ab muscles to lift your leg to the side and back down 6-12” above the floor. Repeat 8-10 times for each side.
4. Bicep Curl
- Stand in a staggered stance with front foot on the band. In hand on sa
me side of the body, straighten your arm and grasp the other end of the band.
- Bend your elbow and bring it towards your chest. Perform 12-15 times and then switch feet and arms.
5. Standing Lateral Side Bend
- Stand with feet hip-width apart and place one end of the band under one foot and grab the other end with that same arm. Keep your palm facing in.
- Lean slightly at the waist towards the opposite side to work your obliques. Then return to the standing position. Repeat 10-12 times and then switch to the other side.
For an intense workout, go through these five steps 2-3 times to keep your body in shape and in motion. We encourage being active every day whether it’s at the gym or taking a long walk with your dog. We are here for all of your diabetic care needs, so contact us today!