Hereís Why Exercise is Good For You!

 

- by Patricia Hawk, M.S., Certified Diabetes Educator, Diabetes Solutions

     The earlier we start to exercise, the better!  In addition to fitness improvements in strength and endurance, ongoing research tells us that exercise may also:

  • Improve memory
  • Speed up our reaction times
  • Improve balance
  • Increase our flexibility
  • Increase bone strength and protect against fractures
  • Improve our psychological health
  • And improve quality of life overall
     Quality of life can be improved in several ways.  First of all, through exercise we take control of our health.  Our thought processes can become more clear.  Improvements in balance and coordination can help us to live independently in our homes longer and improved reaction times can mean that we are able to continue to drive safely.

     Exercising in a social setting can help alleviate loneliness and give us a more positive outlook on life.  Participating in dance or exercise classes at a senior or community center, the YMCA, or in your residential facility can help to re-energize us.  Simply scheduling walks with friends can make exercise more fun and provide more healthy social interaction.  Staying engaged in life via exercise, or other hobbies and volunteer activities, gives life meaning and provides structure.  We feel more alive when we have someplace to go and people waiting for us to arrive!

    Exercise can help us with other health issues as well:

  • Joint lubrication and increased range of motion for those of us with arthritis
  • Bone rebuilding for those of us with osteoporosis
  • Strengthening of abdominal muscles for those of us with lower back pain
  • Relief from constipation
  • A boost for our immune system
  • Improved sleep
  • Blood pressure control
  • Lowering of cholesterol and triglycerides can help prevent artery clogging and damage
     Exercise will benefit just about everyone, but the specific exercise program that you begin should be designed for you and based on your current condition and capabilities.  Consult your physician or other health professional to select the exercise program that is right for you.

 


Patricia Hawk MS, is an Exercise Physiologist and Certified Diabetes Educator.  During the last 15 years as a CDE, Patricia has exhibited a special expertise and viewpoint that supports her belief that exercise is truly as important in the treatment of diabetes as any other single factor. She is fluent in Spanish and has proven herself to be a valuable link and resource to the Hispanic community. Pat conducts support groups for adults and youth with a special emphasis on behavior modification. Pat has worked extensively in the field of diabetes and pregnancy.  She is a sought after speaker for patients and professionals alike. Patricia has presented diabetes and exercise related education to professionals at the American College of Sports Medicine. Practicing what she recommends, Pat participated in her first marathon which was ran last year in Hawaii on behalf of the American Diabetes Association.  Pat has also led and participated in numerous fund raising efforts on behalf of both the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 


Diabetes Solutions was founded in February 2000 by three Certified Diabetes Educators with an accumulation of 48 years experience in educating and supporting patients with diabetes.  After working 16 years for a large for profit national organization, it became clear that many community hospitals were unable to support the cost of such multi-level programs. The company provides cost-effective support to physicians and hospitals in caring for patients, without incurring the overhead inherent in large corporations.  Diabetes Solutions collaborates with hospitals, payers and physicians who desire to provide education to patients, professionals and the public and teams with community resources in order to work with all populations regardless of a patientís resources. The programs of Diabetes Solutions are broad based but also reach out to specialized needs, including diabetes and pregnancy, children with diabetes, insulin pump patients, support groups for adults, youth and parents and Spanish speaking individuals. Diabetes Solutions works closely with the American Diabetes Association, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.   

E-Mail them for more information, or call Diabetes Solutions offices at (909) 276-8243.

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