This program combines safe and effective exercise with lifestyle advice for clients who have diabetes or pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or obesity.
Obesity is associated with a range of health consequences including diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and arthritis. Lifestyle modifications aim to reduce the burden of obesity the associated conditions. The greater the degree of weight loss achieved, the greater the health benefits. However, even a small amount of weight loss (5-10% of body weight) can lead to significant benefits.
Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. Being overweight can also cause disrupted breathing while you sleep, which further raises your blood pressure. Losing just 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) can help reduce your blood pressure. By making lifestyle changes, you can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease and the need for medication. Regular physical activity, at least 30 minutes most days of the week, can lower your blood pressure by 4 to 9 mm Hg. If you stop exercising, your blood pressure can rise again.
If you have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, you can improve your overall health, lower your blood sugar levels, and lower your chance of having a heart attack or stroke by changing your diet and activities. You need to maintain a healthy body weight, make healthy food choices and exercise regularly.
High cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia) is a common risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease. Lifestyle changes can help reduce cholesterol, keep you off cholesterol-lowering medications or enhance the effect of your medications. Along with dietary changes, exercise can improve cholesterol levels. Moderate physical activity can help raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol.