Exercise for When You Can’t Exercise!

The No Exercise to do on Those Days When You Can’t Exercise.

Found this short list….just two exercises that you can do on those days when you need to exercise, but just not able to do it!

Exercise is a necessary part of controlling Diabetes, but many of the suggested exercises are beyond the grip of many who should be exercising.

Other times, you may have a temporary disability like a sprained ankle or a cut on your foot…anything that prevents you from taking your daily walk or riding your bicycle or a trip to the gym.

These directions were on a leaflet passed out at my Doctor’s   office, just something he had printed as a tip for his diabetic patients.

Here are the directions for one very simple exercise that you can do sitting down!
Hope you will like and enjoy this different approach!

Breathing Exercise #1 The Bellows (or Stimulating) Breath

How to do it:

1. Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed.

Your breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible. This is a noisy breathing exercise.

2. Try for three in-and-out breath cycles per second. This produces a quick movement of the diaphragm, suggesting a bellows.

Breathe normally after each cycle.

3. Do not do for more than 15 seconds on your first try.

Each time you practice the Stimulating Breath, you can increase your time by five seconds or so, until you reach a full minute.

Benefits:

“If done properly, you may feel invigorated, comparable to the heightened awareness you feel after a good workout.

You should feel the effort at the back of the neck, the diaphragm, the chest and the abdomen.
Try this breathing exercise the next time you need an energy boost and feel yourself reaching for a cup of coffee.”

Now for your second “Set” of no exercise exercises.

Sitting in a chair or your recliner or lying in the bed…contract every muscle in your body that you can find!

Hold for the count of  10, relax and repeat 10 times.

If sitting upright in a chair it helps to push down with your heels one time and your toes the next time…alternating.

When completed stretch all those muscles you found to give them a treat.

Just an added note.

I found when I was dieting full force to try and lose a few pounds that drinking more than one cup of Coffee a day affected my metabolism and I didn’t lose weight on the days I Coffee Splurged.

Not a scientific study, but just what I observed from keeping a daily food diary listing every morsel that went into my body…

Plus I weighed every morning before I even brushed my teeth and recorded that figure along with my fasting blood sugar…

Those two “trackers” were my solid gold indicators if I was reaching my goal of losing pounds and controlling blood sugar levels so I could control my diabetes.

Lack of exercise makes controlling blood sugar levels an almost impossible task, so any way that you can add even this small amount will help.

Plus it is something that you can do several times a day without a lot of effort.

And a note from my neighbor who has  a Cholesterol problem…as long as she gets in her daily walk, it stays down and she doesn’t have to go back on the medication.

Cararta at
http://fightdiabetes2.com

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Author: Cararta

Retired RN. Live in Middle Tennessee Hill Country. Gardening and Computer are my occupation. Like IM at http://skipperworks.info/ and Diabetes Education at http://SugarcontrolDiet.com/ Welcome to come by for a visit.

2 thoughts on “Exercise for When You Can’t Exercise!”

  1. Hi Cararta,

    These are simple exercise anyone can do.

    It’s important to understand (especially with Diabetes) that it isn’t a wise idea to throw yourself into anything too strenuous. I have several people in my life who are Diabetic, and it’s the simple techniques to alleviate stress that make the biggest impact.

    Exercise is a valuable tool for all of us, but knowing how to implement it properly can mean the difference between a successful practice – or one that causes damage.

    Great stuff 🙂
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    1. Hi Dana,

      Agree completely. Having something simple that works and “does no harm” is a plus.
      Diabetics and even just aged or out of shape dieters searching for a way to keep
      active to maintain their health need some “lite” exercises from time to time.

      In this case, it isn’t the thought that counts, but the doing!
      With all the ice and snow we’ve been blessed with lately, it is convenient to have some indoor alternatives.

      ~Cararta

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