Simple Exercises to Boost Your Diabetic Metabolism
Here are some simple exercises that you can do at home just three times a week for big results in order to boost your metabolism so that your body burns more calories (rather than storing them as fat.) Before you begin move around for 5 or more minutes to warm your muscles. Do 15 to 20 reps of each of these exercises twice during each workout to increase your muscle mass, reduce fat, and improve your metabolism:
Stand with both feet together. Lunge forward with one leg, extending your knee to the tip of your little toe. Do not extend the knee beyond your toes. Hold this lunge pose for five seconds then step back to replace both feet together. Repeat with the other leg.
Stand with both feet shoulder-width apart and your hands at your side. Slowly lower your body downward as if sitting in a chair. When your fingertips touch the floor on the outside of your shoes, hold the pose for ten seconds. Stand back up and repeat. Work your way up to thirty seconds – and remember to breath!
This pose will work your abdominal muscles to eliminate some of that dangerous belly fat. Begin by lying on your belly. Fold your elbows underneath your chest and push up until your elbows make a right angle between your forearm and upper arm. Hold this pose for as long as possible.
Push-ups are difficult for many people. However, by performing pushups from your knees, you’ll reduce the weight you need to push up by about 50 percent. While most people know how to do a push up, proper form can help to ensure your safety and the efficacy of the exercise. Remember to tuck your butt, tighten your abs and keep your hands slightly wider than your shoulders. Do NOT bow your back at any point during the pushup – you should be as stiff as a board.
Leg levers will help to work the deep abdominal muscles in order to trim and flatten them. Lay your back with your hands under your butt and your head slightly elevated. With your feet together, slowly raise your legs until they are about 36 inches from the floor. Hold the position for about five seconds before slowly lowering them to the floor. Remember to breathe during this exercise.
Gather a comfortable weight, such as a traditional weight or a milk jug filled with the right amount of water. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, butt tucked and abs tight. Turn your palms away from your body in the line of your vision. Slowly raise your forearm and pull the weight to your shoulder. Lower the weight slowly, making sure to maintain control. Repeat with your other arm. Be sure that you are not straining your body as you curl your weights to your shoulders, as bicep curls can lead to back and other common strains.