A sedentary lifestyle can be risky for diabetics. Luckily, with mini workouts and CuraLin, you can balance your blood sugar, today, on the job!
A sedentary lifestyle can have negative health consequences for diabetics, while just a few minutes of light exercise throughout the day can improve blood sugar control, reduce the number of cardiovascular risk factors, and decrease the need to take diabetes medications. In fact, the more a person with diabetes moves, the more efficiently the insulin in their body works, leading them to feel better and more energized.
But what if you have a desk job and spend most of your day in front of a computer screen? Today, we’re going to cover integrating a few mini workouts into your workday.
Want to learn more about boosting your daily energy when living with diabetes? Read this blog post.
5 mini office workouts for balancing glucose levels
These 5 mini office workouts are quick and easy to perform, won’t have you breaking out in a sweat, and won’t turn you into the office lunatic who transformed their cubicle into a gym.
#1 – Chair exercises
Perform 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 15 repetitions of the following exercises each day, from the comfort of your cubicle:
- Calf raises: Keeping your knees straight, rise onto your toes and hold for 2 seconds before returning your heels to the ground.
- Desk push-ups: Stand a large step away from your desk and lean in, so your straight arms touch the desk. Bend your elbows and move your chest toward and away from the desk.
- Chair squats: Using a steady chair, move from seated to standing positions (and back), with your arms or crossed in front of you, hover for 2-3 seconds before reaching a full standing position.
- Leg lifts: Extend your leg out in front of you (even under your desk) for 20-30 seconds at a time.
- Feet circles: First clockwise, then counterclockwise circles with the whole foot.
- Buttocks clenches: Squeeze and release the muscles in your buttocks while typing away at your computer.
#2 – The foot commute
Park a little further away from your office and complete your commute on foot. You can even turn this workout into an office challenge, competing with your colleagues to see who takes the most steps in a single workday. All you need is a pedometer or cell phone app and you’re good to go.
#3 – Take the stairs
Skip the line for the elevator and walk up the stairs to your office – or at least as many flights as you can handle. Start small, with just 2-3 flights of stairs at a time, and gradually increase the number of flights you climb each week.
#4 – Stand while you work
Get a standing desk, or work while sitting on a stability ball. This will help you improve your core strength and burn more calories than simply sitting on an office chair. You can alternate this workout with regular chair sitting.
#5 – Meet with people in person
Instead of emailing, texting or calling colleagues, get up, exit your cubicle and ask them questions in person. A short trip down the hall a few times a day can help you avoid
The 9-5 sedentary blues. Plus, it’s a great way to deepen friendships with colleagues!
Control your diabetes with exercise and CuraLin
To keep your glucose levels under control, implement a new exercise regime, make healthy diet choices, quit smoking and take a condition-specific nutritional supplement, like CuraLin, by CuraLife.
CuraLin is a 100% all-natural supplement that provides balanced glucose levels and a day-to-day life that is free from the constraints of Type 2 Diabetes.
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