Those studying our Obesity & Diabetes Course have a keen interest in working with clients who require support when it comes to managing their diabetes and weight through exercise. Many individuals struggling to tackle their obesity, or control their diabetes are unaware of the huge benefits a healthy lifestyle brings. It's not all about cutting out the sugar and crunching on carrot sticks! As our qualified fitness professionals will tell you, a well-thought-out exercise programme won't only help flight the fat, but lower your blood sugar too...
Just as obesity and diabetes can be heavily linked, diet and exercise go hand in hand too! An exercise regime created by an Obesity & Diabetes Specialist won't only help shed the pounds much more quickly, but in turn, will help to reduce blood sugar levels. Do one without the other, and sure you'll get somewhere. Combine diet and a tailored exercise programme... you'll get there much quicker!
In a study from the Netherlands, published in Diabetes Care, it was revealed that individuals with diabetes who exercised moderately for 30 minutes, three or four days a week slashed their exposure to the damaging effects of high blood sugar. Researchers found that non-exercisers’ blood sugar levels spiked to high levels around eight hours each day, however, those that exercised kept their blood sugar levels within a healthy range almost three hours longer every day. This difference lowered their long-term risk of serious complications such as nerve damage, vision loss, and kidney problems.
A combination of cardio and strength training helps to fight the flab. In a study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, women who walked and did a simple strength-training routine three times a week slimmed their stomachs down by 2% more than those who just walked.
High levels of the stress hormone, Cortisol, can trigger inflammation making it difficult to control blood sugar. Exercise is known for being a great stress-reliever, in turn reducing high cortisol levels. Whether it's a brisk walk in the great outdoors or a heavy sweat sesh in the gym, any form of activity can help beat stress.
The heart is a fragile thing. So those suffering from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other issues connected with the heart, cause it to work harder, and age more quickly. An exercise plan created by a qualified diabetes specialist will target both cardio and strength training, slowing down damage to the heart.
In a 2012 National Institutes of Healthy study of 5,145 people with diabetes, those who followed a healthy diet and exercise regime lost weight and needed less medication to control their cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Exercise really is the best medicine!
Regular exercise will help to strengthen the bones, keep the muscles active and lower the risk of other complications later in life. So the work you put in now will contribute to a healthier, longer future. If you're considering becoming an Obesity & Diabetes Specialist, speak to the Focus team about our latest course dates or to find a venue near you.
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