With the alarming increase in prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes, which predicts nearly 50% of Australians to have the Type 2 Diabetes by 2020, there is considerable evidence that exercise is an essential medicine to manage this disease.
After the successful launch of Bodytrack’s Type 2 Diabetes program last year, Exercise Physiologist, Dan Harth, will again be running the holistic health program for Type 2 Diabetics.
The Type 2 Diabetes exercise program was a great success with the majority of clients showing improvements in physical strength, endurance, cardiovascular fitness, balance and most importantly, blood glucose control and adapted lifestyle behaviours to tackle the adverse effects of having Type 2 Diabetes.
One participant said of the program: “The exercises were geared specifically to my conditions and the information forums were interesting and allowed for general discussion on a wide range of issues. I’m signing up for the next block and would recommend it to anyone wanting to exercise and learn more about type 2 diabetes.”
The 8 week program involves a 45 minute exercise component, focusing on activating large muscle groups through resistance and cardiovascular training at a low – moderate intensity, specific for the individual. To conclude the sessions, there is 15 minutes of education, focusing on a range of topics including diet control/food consumption and when to exercise, timing of medication dosage and exercise, and the potent effect of exercise for diabetic control.