The Role That Pilates Plays in Lowering Your Blood Sugar

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It’s no secret that exercise is a recommendation for people with pre diabetes.  You can pretty much be sure that exercise plays a vital role in any effective health building or health restoring plan.  There are dozens of different types of exercise and each one has it’s own distinctive benefit.  But, none as unique as pilates.

As we get older, the more important it become to maintain and build muscle mass.  It also gets harder.  Pilates works your muscles literally down to the bone.  The deep muscles in your core, along your lower and upper spine, the obliques, glutes, hips, shoulders, and pelvis are all engaged in a good pilates session.  The more muscle mass you have, the greater the chance your blood glucose remains stable and improves.

Pilates principles capture more than just a physical workout.  It offers a mental aspect that can be meditative when practicing.  Staying focused and in the moment and using breathing to facilitate your movement.  It focuses on balance, technique, flexibility, spinal articulation, core control, alignment, and postural organization.  The practice can be applied to everyday functional movements such as reaching, standing, sports activities, etc.

Blood sugar can often be compromised by stress and elevated levels of cortisol.  Pilates is an activity that is less stress promoting for your body.  It is a wonderful option, especially for people who have adrenal fatigue.  It is both therapeutic and powerful at the same time.  It is a full body workout that builds strength and will help you to age beautifully.

I have been practicing pilates for years and when I was diagnosed, adding additional pilates in place of my more strenuous distance runs had a huge impact to lowering my A1C levels.

Pilates can be done in a class setting or individually.  It can be performed on a mat, with machinery or a combination of both.

As with any exercise program, advise the instructor of any injuries and ailments, such as high blood pressure or diabetic retinopathy.  Always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

“Your blood will flow with renewed vigor as a direct result of your faithfully performing the Contrology exercises.  These exercises induce the heart to pump strong and steadily.  As a result, the bloodstream carries and discharges from your system more of the accumulated debris created by fatigue.”  Joseph Pilates

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