Prolonged High Blood Sugars Are Not Fun.We’ve all been there ….. you’re correcting and correcting and you feel like the insulin might as well be water since your number won’t budge.
The thing about stubborn highs is that if you look at the pattern, a larger majority of them occur under the same conditions….you’re usually inactive for a long period of time, whether you’re sitting at your desk at work, on a road trip, sitting on a plane, sleeping at night, or laying on your coach binge watching Netflix.
As the founder of a virtual diabetic health coaching company that is growing super fast, I’ve found myself with more stubborn highs than I have had in the past. My time now is spent usually sitting behind my laptop working on my coaching programs/ supporting clients in between their sessions, at a cafe writing content ( give me good music vibes and a warm mug of coffee + its where I feel most creative), or traveling to speak at conferences/ events.
Earlier this year I unintentionally stumbled upon a “hack” for these stubborn highs.
I was on a long flight to speak at a JDRF conference and I was coasting at 220 with no sign of it lowering. After 2 units with no budge 2 hours later, I gave myself another 2. I was frustrated knowing that it was just the sitting down that was increasing my insulin resistance and that if I was in the gym on a treadmill I’d come down so quickly!
Shortly after I got up to go to the bathroom. While I was in there, I had a light bulb moment. My inner drill sergeant came out and all I heard was : STOP DROP AND SQUAT.
Yepppp. In the supper small and totally not spacious airplane bathroom, I banged out 50 squats.
When I got back to my seat, for the first time in 3 hours, I saw the arrow on my cgm start to go down.
The next morning during my exercise presentation, I shared this story- all your need is your body and some tiny space to get your workout on. After the presentation once I got back home, something crazy happened.
In the next few days, so many people started tagging me in their IG stories doing squats to bring their blood sugar down. I started reposting the stories to my page, and since then there have been over 100 people that have tagged me doing their #sugarsquats to activate their insulin on board.
It has been such a fun way to use community support to lower blood sugar.
I started compiling a list of where people were doing them. It’s SO cool to see that they literally can be done anywhere + everywhere:
- on a plane
- kitchen while cooking
- restaurant bathroom
- gas station
- grocery store
- work office
- night club
- paddle board
- movie theatre
- back of an EMS truck
- horse stable
- time’s square, NYC
Next time you have a high blood sugar that just won’t come down, give a correction + then right after, STOP DROP AND SQUATTTT! Better yet, take a video on your IG stories, tag me and #sugarquats and join the movement to use muscle contraction to help activate that insulin babyyy!
Have your tried #sugarsquats? Do you want to try them? Can’t wait to see you dropping it low - don't forget to tag me on Instagram @lauren_bongiorno!