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Oxygen and Pumping Weights: The Best Combo

As the numbers for people with or at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes soar each year, physical activity still leads as the best partner for wellness.  Lifestyle and awareness of food choices certainly matter in the quest to reduce the threat of Type 2 Diabetes, but new research brings even more focus on the role of the right exercise. Dr. Timothy Church presented his findings at the October Obesity Society meeting in San Diego.

New evidence is reinforcing the notion that the combination of strength training and aerobic activities, such as walking, may be just what the doctor ordered.

“For optimal health, you need to work your heart and lungs with aerobic exercise and your muscles and bones with weight lifting,” says Church, co-author of Move Yourself.

A Pennington Biomedical Research Center study shows that combining aerobic training and weightlifting have greater benefit to blood sugar levels, fitness and weight control than either of the exercise regimens alone, according to lead researcher Dr. Church.

The study, called Health Benefits of Aerobic and Resistance Training in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes (HART-D), was conducted over a four-year period, according to a news release from Pennington.

The study found that 140 minutes a week of combined aerobics and strength training benefits people with Type 2 diabetes, by providing improved blood sugar control, overall fitness and fat mass reduction.  When a wellness destination works to position itself to best serve populations most at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes, or already suffering from that condition, it is of utmost importance that the appropriate and most effective program is available.  For the most part, that population has not been avidly seeking physical activity.  When they enroll and begin to participate, well-trained staff has the responsibility to advise them on which program will be most beneficial.

We laud Dr. Church and others like him that develop these studies so that communities can be an ever more effective part of the wellness solution.

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