The Diabetic Support Group is pleased to introduce a '30-minute Beach Walk' starting 6:30 am on Wednesday 14 January 2009 at the Royal Palms Beach Club.

 

 The walk is for anyone and everyone including persons with diabetes or persons who are borderline diabetic and their loved ones.

The walk leader, Deanna Smith, an exercise physiologist says the walk will be moderate exercise which means walkers should be able to carry on a conversation comfortably. "This kind of exercise is good for your heart because it is an aerobic activity. Other activities are good for your muscles i.e. strength training activities but whatever your exercise program, the best one is the program you stick with," said Miss Smith.

The American Diabetes Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate activity each week to maintain good health which is easy to get in by exercising 10 minutes, 3 times per day or 30 minutes, five times per week.

Research shows that regular exercise can make a significant impact on reversing diabetes. On a personal level it can help a person feel more energetic.

Benefits exercise will help provide are: lowered blood sugars during and after exercise and maintenance of steady blood sugar level for life.

Additional benefits include weight loss/ weight maintenance, lowered insulin resistance, improved insulin effect, lowered risk of heart disease, improved circulation, improved cholesterol levels, lowered blood pressure, better self esteem, reduced stress, and a better look and feel.

Christina Rowlandson of the Diabetic Support Group urges everyone to incorporate the beach walk into their weekly routine and encourages persons of all ages to come out.

"For persons living with diabetes, being physically active is an important part of diabetes self-management. Other important areas are healthy eating, monitoring, medication, reducing risk, keeping well, and stress reduction", Christina comments. "Exercise has great benefits and is vital because it can help ward off complications of diabetes such as heart disease and stroke".

To register email the organizer at christina.rowlandson@gov.ky or call 926-1053. Participants are asked to bring a contribution of $2 each time.

Refreshments will be provided.