Flexibility exercises, also known as stretching, are important for keeping our muscles elastic and our joints moving freely. Our range of motion (how well your joints move) is dependent on these types of exercises. Flexibility exercises should never be pushed to the point of pain, but rather movement should occur until a point of ‘comfortable tension is made’
Examples of flexibility include Tai, Chi, Yoga, and Pilates.
For individuals with diabetes, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends two to three stretching sessions per week. Involving all major muscle groups.
While true that flexibility sessions may not directly impact insulin sensitivity as aerobic and resistance training does, don’t discount its importance in regard to your overall management. Flexibility exercises usually emphasize mindfulness training or relaxation techniques, which can impact your ability to deal with stress and your overall mood. Since stress levels can impact blood glucose control, the effect of flexibility sessions goes well beyond keeping your joints moving freely.