We just finished enrolling our 10th participant for our first Diabeat-It exercise program. We’ve received quite a few questions and concerns regarding the details of the program. Hopefully this post will answer the large majority of the questions, and alleviate any concerns you may have.
What it is
Overweight people have Weight Watchers. Recovering alcoholics have AA. Diabetics are missing that kind of support system. That’s the goal for DiaBeat-It. We want to encourage diabetics to regain control of their health, and minimize their dependence on prescription medications.
It’s not bootcamp, and it won’t use scare tactics or intimidation. It’s not meant to break you. It’s meant to build you. It’s all about encouragement, positive reinforcement, and gradual healthy lifestyle changes. Changes and progressions will be slow and steady, as health is a marathon not a sprint. Through the support system of health professionals, fitness professionals, and diabetic patients just like yourself, you’ll regain control of your health through a holistic approach of exercise, nutrition, and medical treatment.
Type II Diabetic or Prediabetic not on Insulin
The ability to exercise a minimum of 240 minutes per week (4 sixty minute sessions per 7 days).
Because this package retails for $2500, we are extremely strict on the exercise requirements. You will be removed from the program if you can’t commit a minimum of 240 minutes per week. We have spent the last 4 months reviewing literally hundreds of diabetic medical studies that looked at exercise and its effects on diabetics. Countless medical studies have shown that diabetics need a minimum of 240 minutes of exercise per week to see a difference in their HbA1c’s. Studies that had participants perform less than 240 minutes of exercise per week have shown no beneficial effects for diabetics.
What is included
Free 24 hour access to Ageless for 12 months.
Free HbA1c tests every 3 months at Ageless
Free monthly custom workouts designed for diabetics
Free monthly meetings for diabetics at Ageless
What we measure
Every 3 months we measure the following at Ageless:
- Blood Pressure
- Resting Heart Rate
- Heart Rate Variability
- 20 minute cardio test
What does a typical workout look like
While everyone’s goal is the same, everyone will not be starting at the same place, as some participant’s fitness levels maybe more advanced than other’s. Thus, it’s hard to accurately predict what a typical workout will be like. However, we can give you a basic framework, as well as our fitness goals for the program.
We want you to feel, look, and move better. As far as concrete/objective goals are concerned, every patient will be able to run a mile without stopping, and resistance train with dumbbells, barbells, and kettlebells. Some maybe able to accomplish those things in 3 months, while others may accomplish them in 24 months.
Resistance training will progress from machine-based exercises to dumbbell/kettlebell exercises to eventually barbell exercises. Cardiovascular exercise will start with 20-30 minute bike rides to walking on the treadmill to eventually performing kettlebell swings. The key to long-term success is gradual progressions.
Every workout will include a cardiovascular component and a resistance training component. Each component affects the body differently (different energy pathways used, different tissue remodeling, different effects on different organs, etc), and when done together, has a synergistic effect on your health.
A beginner’s workout may look like the following:
- 5 minutes of a light dynamic warm-up that loosens up the joints and muscles.
- 20-30 minutes on the recumbent bike
- 20-30 minute circuit of machine-based resistance exercises
Someone’s workout who has been doing the program for 3 months may look like:
- 5minutes of a light dynamic warmup
- 20-30 minute treadmill/ellipitcal run
- A 20-30 minute circuit of dumbbell exercises
We’re putting the finishing touches on the workouts right now. We should be ready to launch the program in mid-November. For those that have been signed up, Tammy will give us your phone number. We’ll call you during the first week of November to set a date for the first meeting. After the first introductory meeting with all participants, we’ll be ready to start.