September is National Yoga Month. Yoga classes are usually the most tranquil in any fitness facility, but during this month you might find a heightened buzz. Diabetics can make the most of this special time by trying yoga and seeing what the raves are all about. Who knows, yoga might even work its way into your diabetes care routine.
Yoga is known to have a variety of perks, especially for those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Take a look at some ways to reap the benefits:
Cut the Stress
Many Americans deal with toxic levels of stress every day, and with diabetes oral medications, insulin treatments and monitoring blood sugar levels, diabetics may have even more on their plate. Yoga may help ease some of that burden.
According to the National Institutes of Health, after three months, yoga practitioners might achieve a 20 percent reduction in oxidative stress, which is the imbalance in the body's ability to detoxify free radicals within itself.
Shed Some Pounds
Yoga has been known to help people with diabetes lose weight, which is a big factor for diabetes. Help keep blood pressure in check and reduce diabetes symptoms with regular yoga classes. Sun Salutation and Hatha yoga are considered good outlets for dropping pounds.
"Yoga in addition to standard care helps reduce BMI [body mass index] and improve glycemic control in Type 2 diabetic patients," wrote authors of one study titled "Effect of 3-Month Yoga on Oxidative Stress in Type 2 Diabetes With or Without Complications."
Drag Your Friend to Yoga Class
If you've been looking for a reason to start a new hobby or want to see your friends more, yoga is great option. Bring along any interested buddies who might want to experience the benefits of yoga as well. All in all, with the change of seasons, start of the school year and football season, September marks an excellent month to hit the mats.
Make the Most of Discounts
Yoga discounts, free trials and other deals are flooding the yoga world this month. Take advantage of them! Chances are there's a studio nearby that offers some National Yoga Month perks. New students are always welcome.