Exercise Can Help Reduce the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

People at risk of type 2 diabetes can delay and even prevent developing it by following a healthy lifestyle, including regular physical activity, making healthy food choices and reducing the size of their waistline.

Nic Linford, Fernwood Fitness’ Weight Loss Expert says women’s waist measurement is the best indicator of risk. “If a woman’s waist measures 80 cm or more you are at an increased risk, and if it measures 90 cm or more you are in the highest risk category for developing type 2 diabetes. Making some small changes to the foods you choose can have a big impact on your waistline and your overall health and wellbeing.”

Considering a weight loss program through a fitness and health center will help women make sustainable, healthy choices and get ongoing support and education on how to lose weight effectively.

“We understand that many people find it difficult to start a new exercise program, especially those who have never been active before or who have health problems. We all find excuses not to more active but the girls are at Fernwood are here to make the first step a lot easier.” Ms Linford said.

Fernwood Fitness’ Exercise Physiologist Maryanne Long, says that while strength training can benefit those people who already have diabetes, it is especially beneficial for all women.

“Strength training helps to increase metabolism and increase bone mineral density which will assist with the prevention of fractures associated with osteoporoses later in life. Exercise in general can also help to relieve stress and tension, improve energy and sleep levels, while improving women’s health.”

With an estimated 275 Australians developing the disease every day, now is the time for us to take action by getting a personal training, monitoring your food and nutritional diet and joining group fitness classes to provide women with the support they need to reduce their waist and consequently reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.