Mini Yogi Fights Diabetes with Exercise

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Healthy eating habits and a regular exercise routine can help anyone, child or adult, control their diabetes. If you’re looking for the perfect exercise for diabetes control, yoga may be right up your alley. Yoga is great for diabetes because it reduces all of the things that worsen diabetes, such as stress, high blood pressure, weight gain, and even cravings. Happily, it’s also a fun exercise that kids can really get involved in.

Here are just a few fun yoga poses to try with your child to help control their diabetes include:

PRANAYAM

Not as fun as many yoga poses, but it helps with stress, which in turn can help reduce blood glucose. Sit cross-legged with good posture. Breathe in, hold your breath for a few seconds, and let it out slowly. Repeat a few times.

BRIDGE

This pose is relaxing as well and aids in digestion. Lie on your back on a yoga mat with your knees bent, feet flat on the ground. Push up with your feet as you exhale and raise your hips. Keep your shoulders and head on the mat.

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BOW POSE

This pose helps the pancreas and intestines function better, which improves blood glucose. Lie on your stomach. Reach behind you and grab onto your ankles. Breathe in and lift your chest and legs as much as possible so that only your midsection is touching the floor.

SHOULDER STAND

This pose improves all-around health by enabling good blood flow. It can help the digestive, nervous, and respiratory systems as well as metabolism. Lie flat on your mat and put your hands across your lower back and hips as you raise your legs in the air to help push them up. Keep your elbows on the floor for support and put most of your weight in your shoulders as you reach your toes for the ceiling.

In case you still need some convincing, we’ve got Kris here to tell you all about the benefits of yoga. Kris is a four-year-old boy with type 1 diabetes who does yoga to help him control his condition. Listen to his adorable testimony in the video below. And stay tuned for more kid-themed Diabetes Awareness Month material!

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Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?