Last week we saw how diabetes can develop and what the benefits are of exercise in management of blood sugar levels. For a refresh, diabetes can develop when the body resists the effects of insulin or cannot make enough insulin the maintain blood glucose levels in its target range, resulting in elevated levels. Exercise can assist in lowering levels through increased uptake into muscles and improving insulin sensitivity and response, along with reducing risk of complications, controls weight, and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels. So now the question is how to exercise? OnePointHealth’s Exercise Physiologists have teamed up with Diabetes NSW & ACT to bring ‘Beat It’, a diabetes specific exercise program, into the clinic.
Beat It is an 8 week program which has been specially developed by Diabetes NSW & ACT to help people have fun and get active while learning practical lifestyle strategies that will help them stay healthy in the long term. Developed for people at all levels of health, weight and fitness, Beat It provides fun, safe and supportive exercise classes for people with or at risk of developing diabetes and other chronic lifestyle diseases. The program starts with individual assessments to discuss personal goals to tailor the program to each participant. From there Beat It includes twice weekly group physical activity sessions consisting of aerobic, resistance and balance exercises along with fortnightly education sessions to help participants learn how to make healthy lifestyle changes and how to implement strategies into everyday life.
Beat It is available for anybody looking to get active in a supportive environment. Sessions will be held at OnePointHealth from May 3, 2021 on Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information or to register your interest call us on 4736 5188 or email [email protected]