Nearly 50% of Australians are predicted to have Type 2 Diabetes by 2020
It’s an alarming increase in prevalence of the lifestyle disease, yet there’s considerable evidence that exercise is a highly effective medicine to manage it. Exercising helps insulin work more effectively, lowers your blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease.
An exercise & education program
After the successful launch of Bodytrack’s Type 2 Diabetes program in 2015, Exercise Physiologist, Dan Harth, continues to grow the holistic health program for people with Type 2 Diabetes. The Type 2 Diabetes exercise program has been a great success with the majority of clients showing improvements in physical strength, endurance, cardiovascular fitness, balance, perhaps most importantly, their blood glucose control and adopting a healthier lifestyle. Many people living with Type 2 Diabetes, particularly those who are newly diagnosed, don’t fully understand their condition and the effect that diet and exercise can have, so education is a key element 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.