April 2017

HAVE YOU achieved 150 minutes of exercise this week?

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of both.

Being physically active is important to prevent heart disease and stroke, as well as improving many other health and well-being aspects.

Physical activity is anything that makes you move your body and burn calories. This includes things like climbing stairs, playing sports, walking the dog and swimming. Aerobic exercise benefits your heart. Stretching exercises are best for flexibility and lengthening your muscles, and strengthening exercises are beneficial for muscle stamina.

Recently the CSIRO and Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute presented the Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle Plan which is an evidence-based resource covering all aspects of Type 2 Diabetes prevention and control. Their plan incorporates a combination of lower carbohydrate eating and daily aerobic and strength exercises to reduce the amount of medication required with some people managing to reverse their Type 2 diabetes completely.

More than 350 million people worldwide have Type 2 diabetes, an estimated 800,000 Australian adults and many more undiagnosed, with around $490 million spent on related medications in 2008 – 09.

Fitness provider, You & Me PT has assisted many people to get fitter and healthier.  Some have followed training programmes and reversed their Type 2 diabetes. Recent funding cuts from Primary Health Tasmania removed the successful Strength to Strength programme aimed at the chronically ill to improve their mobility and pain management.

Getting started in any exercise programme is often the hardest part.

You & Me PT has several training programmes to accommodate all ages, abilities and income levels. GroupTraining, Open Studio, Personal Training, Aqua, Pilates and Yoga. If you are interested in starting and don’t know where to begin, You & Me PT are introducing a new “Getting Started” exercise programme, aimed at the very beginner. It is a 10 week programme comprised of safe and effective exercises and a guide to healthy eating.

For further information please contact Liza Darrow on 0432 419 355.