If you live with diabetes, you can lower your A1C score by making minor changes to your overall lifestyle, especially adding some exercise to your daily routine. Jeffrey Beck, exercise specialist with the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, recommends the following the tips and beginner's home workout in order to help improve your management of diabetes and/or help keep it at bay.
1) Eat 1-2 Eggs Daily: A hard-boiled egg is a handy high-protein snack if you have diabetes. The protein will help keep you full without affecting your blood sugar. Protein not only slows digestion, it also slows glucose absorption.
2) Wall Triceps Press: Lean against a wall with your right shoulder, feet together and about a foot away from the wall. Place your left hand on the wall from across the front of your body. Press your left hand into the wall until your arm is straight and your right shoulder comes off the wall. Lower yourself back to starting position. Do 10 reps and then switch arms. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps per arm.
3) Wall Taps: Stand a few feet away from the wall, hands crossed over your chest, facing forward. Keeping your abdominal muscles tight, twist your upper body slowly to your left so your gaze is toward the wall. Lift your left leg up and to the rear. Tap the wall with your toes. Return to starting position and complete on the other side. Do 3 sets of 10 reps per side.
4) Wall Push-ups: Stand a few feet from the wall, place your hands greater than shoulder width apart on the wall. Lower your upper body slowly toward the wall until your nose almost touches it. Press yourself back to starting position. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps.