We have been talking a lot about using food to control diabetes and possibly eliminate or cure type 2. There was also some talk about the role of exercise in helping to reduce those numbers. Continue to read as I give more attention to controlling diabetes with not just our diet, but also the added benefits of exercise in the fight against diabetes and to relieve stress.
In a recent article, I mentioned how stressed I became after the death of my son. I also shared how my blood glucose numbers rose to a record high as a result of the added stress. Amidst all of that, I started to exercise in order to relieve stress that had me feeling ill all the time.
Consequently, I can state that exercise is an excellent way to reduce stress and lower our blood sugar levels, taking us to normal readings. Of course, our diet should not be ignored, as we need to take a holistic approach to eliminate diabetes.
Deep Breathing Exercises to Relieve Stress
I mentioned researching and practicing deep breathing exercises as my first attempt to rid myself of that stress that felt like a concrete slab was on my chest. Firstly, we will take a look at deep breathing exercises to help in our journey to relieve stress and control diabetes.
Deep breathing exercise makes me feel calm and relaxed. I also find that it leaves me feeling more focused and gives me the energy to command my day and not just leave it to chance. Above all, it was the abdominal breathing technique that was great in making me feel calm. Let us, therefore, proceed to the next section about the abdominal breathing technique.
Abdominal Breathing Technique
This one I did sitting down, with one hand on my chest and the other on my abdomen (belly). Here are the steps below:
- Place one hand on your chest
- Place the other hand on your abdomen
- Take deep, slow breaths. Breathe in through the nose and then exhale slowly through your lips.
- Repeat anywhere between 5 to 10 times.
Wow! Do you feel how calming this was? I also love the fact that I could do this exercise anywhere, especially at work, where I spend most of the day. When I am typing for this website, I also stop a few times to do the abdominal breathing exercise.
We will now look at another exercise to relieve stress and as a result help us to control diabetes. “Be Well at Work” calls this next exercise “Paced Breathing.”
Paced Breathing to Relieve Stress
This is when I take a deep breath for a few seconds and then breathe out for a little longer time. I also think of something very pleasant whilst I take those paced breaths. I do this for a minute or two, several times per day.
For me, this has been very effective to help me to relax and to focus on more pleasant times in my life, even those including my now-deceased son. I love the fact that once I get into this kind of breathing my thoughts for the rest of the day tend to be positive.
Similarly, I even imagine a more positive future, helping others, being in my best possible health, and making some good money to pay off my debts and help others that I interact with or simply crossed their path.
Please click this link and check out two other breathing activities; 1) 4-4-8 Breathing and 2) Simple Yoga Breathing. Go ahead and click here.
Deep Breathing Exercises and the Link with Blood Glucose
I previously mentioned in this article how stressed I was when DaMarco (my son) died in May. He was in a house fire which took his life, that of his girlfriend and his landlord and friend. Click here to read the article where this was mentioned in more detail. In this same article, you will see the effect stress had on my readings.
I am still practicing these deep breathing exercises and I am super calm and happy. My challenges are still present, but, I am seeing them from different lenses. Yes, I still cry, but I deep breathe, eat my fruits, vegetables, and beans, with a little animal protein and guess what? The numbers are down to normal. God be praised.
I need my readers to understand that a holistic approach is the best way to fix diabetes. I proved this when I got more stressed than I have ever been in my life and diet alone was not enough to control my blood sugar levels. Once the diet was combined with deep breathing and exercises, then that is when I saw the "magic" happening.
Exercise to Control Diabetes and to Relieve Stress
Let me share here from the heart. I am using Leslie Sansone a lot to help me through this ordeal. She is well known for her walk at-home DVDs. They are super great for beginners and experts. You can choose the length of your walk and do this at home. Check out this 1-Mile Review I did some time back.
Burstfit Fire by Dr. Axe is also another good option to get stress-free and watch the blood pressure and blood sugar reduced to healthy levels. Click here to take a look at BurstFit Fire Workout Program.
My stationary bike must be stressed. This is the first time in my life that I used it so many times. I must admit that I had to ride a few times per day so that the time would add up by the end of the day, but, the results are amazing. I am less stressed, more fit and the greatest joy is that my readings are either normal or close enough to avoid extra stress.
Hey, since you are here, take a look at this review about the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike Review. You may want to see why they are great choices, especially for seniors and those with diabetes, back pain, knee injuries, etc. Go ahead and read about the Recumbent Exercise Bike.
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Until next time, exercise, eat right and say goodbye to diabetes.