Living with Diabetes

Diabetes and Exercise

Diabetes Personal Training

Having diabetes requires a significant lifestyle change, which is a challenge in itself. Living with Diabetes.
Diabetes Personal Training

The person that has type I or type II diabetes has to look at diet and exercise differently than someone who may see it as a personal choice. Eating the wrong foods, especially high amounts of sugar and carbohydrates, living a sedentary lifestyle, and being overweight are all factors that contribute to high blood sugars and an unhealthy body.

According to the American Diabetes Association, the statistics for people living with diabetes are astounding:

  • 8.3% of the population has diabetes
  • 18.8 million are diagnosed
  • 7 million are undiagnosed
  • 1.9 million over 20 years old were newly diagnosed in 2010.
  • 79 million with prediabetes

Many experts in the health field consider this disease of epidemic proportion. Of those diagnosed, it roughly affects men and women equally. In 2007, diabetes was a contributing factor in the deaths of over 231,000 people.

Living with Diabetes

No doubt, living with diabetes requires a significant lifestyle change, which is a challenge in itself. If you are newly diagnosed, or you are the spouse or family member of someone recently diagnosed, you have to find the drive and desire to commit to these changes:

  • Proper Diet
  • Regular Exercise
  • Weight Loss
  • Frequent Doctor Visits
  • Regular Medications
  • If You Smoke, Quit
  • Take Blood Sugar Readings Before and After Meals

What do all of these bullet points have in common? If you stick to the plan, you can monitor and control your circulation. In doing so, you have the opportunity to lower and maintain your blood sugars.

Visit our Wellness Coaching page to learn how HomeBodies can help you achieve these goals.

Diabetes and Exercise

The first obvious benefit of regular exercise for people with diabetes is long term weight loss. If there is less of you, it is easier for your body to function properly. Quoting WebMD, exercise will help you manage your diabetes by:

  • Improving Your Body's Use of Insulin.
  • Maintain or Losing Weight
  • Improves Muscle Strength
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Lowers "Bad" Cholesterol
  • Increases "Good" Cholesterol
  • Improves Blood Circulation
  • Increases Energy Levels
  • Reduces Stress and Promotes Relaxation

When you exercise, the body has to use sugar (glucose) to feed the muscles. Regular
Regular and moderate exercise absorbs glucose as much as twenty times the normal rate. Diabetes and Exercise.
Exercise and Diabetes
"HomeBodies provides two services that can make a huge impact on lowering your blood sugars. The first is a regular exercise program with our certified personal trainers.

Second is our Wellness Coaching, where we establish diet and exercise goals, and provide you with telephone support, which help keep you motivated and on track. Your goal is your goal: To get you healthier than you are today and keep you that way for the rest of your life."

-Elizabeth Crutchfield
HomeBodies Director
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"One of the most profound days of my life is when my doctor told me I had diabetes. A few years earlier, my father had passed away from complications related to being diabetic. I practically melted in my chair.

Making a major lifestyle change is difficult for anyone. I learned that over 90% of recently diagnosed diabetics fail to do so, as was the case of my father.

For the benefit of my own children, I wanted them to remember me managing my diabetes properly. I sought out nutritional education and joined a local gym, which didn't work out too well for me.

It wasn't until I decided to enlist the help of HomeBodies to help me stay dedicated and focused with my exercise plan. Not only did they help me stay dedicated to working out, I learned most of the exercising I was doing, I was doing improperly.

Today, I have lost over 30 pounds. I eat right, and my blood sugars are near normal. On the occasions I do have high blood sugars, I have learned that exercise brings me into a healthy range within hours.

For me exercise is like medicine, and if it wasn't for HomeBodies, I would have become more like my father, and never exercised."

-Craig Corbel
New York City
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Living with Diabetes means you have to take control of managing your blood sugar.
This is a BMI chart that measures how much of your body is fat. Everyone knows excess fat is not healthy, and everyone knows regular exercise is healthy. We provide this information to help educate you on your current fitness level and help identify a goal for you.

All you have to do is click on the chart to the left, and look up your current height and weight.
BMI is calculated by comparing your height to your current weight. From this, you can determine your classification of weight, which will be one of the following:

  • Healthy
  • Overweight
  • Obesity
  • Extreme Obesity

You can learn more about BMI and the importance of maintaining a healthy weight by visiting the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Diabetic Personal Trainer

In summary, we hope we have stressed the importance and value of properly done, regular exercise for people with diabetes. We have also referenced The American Diabetes Association, WebMD, and the CDC for your continued reading and education.

Please contact us regarding your next steps, including your doctor's approval and recommendation for an exercise program. Then we will create an exercise program to help lower and maintain your blood sugar levels. A HomeBodies certified personal trainer can help you get a jump start on your new lifestyle change.
Diabetes Health Training
Meet a HomeBodies
Personal Trainer, Tammy

Tammy has 15 years of professional experience in the fitness industry. She specializes in pre/post natal training, guiding her clients through a healthy fitness regimen throughout pregnancy, and then applying an efficient and balanced approach to getting back in shape post-baby.

Tammy graduated with a B.A. in Dance from Hofstra University, is certified by the American Council of Exercise and received her pilates training from the Kane School of Core Integration.

Diabetic Weight Loss

Are you overweight? Use our BMI Index to see how much you you have to lose. Diabetic Weight Loss.
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and moderate exercise absorbs glucose as much as twenty times the normal rate. It is easy to see how high blood sugar levels are reduced with regular exercise.

But not all exercise is the same, nor does it have the same effect on all diabetic's blood sugars. An intense workout is different than a long term moderate exercise session.

Every diabetic will react differently to exercise, especially if exercise is part of a new lifestyle change. Having a HomeBodies personal trainer is a major advantage towards learning how to do exercise properly. In a way, we are retraining your body on how to use and burn excess sugar.
Strength training has a profound effect on managing diabetes. Strength training promotes less body fat and stronger muscles. Aerobic and Cardio exercise programs raise your heart rate, which improves circulation. A regular exercise program of these two styles of exercise will help you lower and maintain your blood sugars.

Diabetic Weight Loss

Most people that are recently diagnosed with diabetes are overweight. HomeBodies uses a Body Mass Index, also known as BMI, to determine how much you are overweight. This also tells us how much weight you have to loss to get to a "healthy weight."
"I always tell people, the best exercises are the ones you will do. And the best diet is the one that you can stick to! HomeBodies Certified Personal Trainers will help you develop a healthy relationship with where you are, and where you want to be."
Elizabeth Crutchfield, NYC Personal Trainers Owner
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This page was last updated: 7/15/2016
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