Lift for LIife is an evidence based strength training program for people with or at risk of Type 2 diabetes.
The size of our muscles decreases as we grow older. This loss of muscle mass is called sarcopenia. The design and delivery of Lift for Life as a structured and coached program is unique in that it specifically targets the improvement and maintenance of muscle mass (hypertrophy). Moderate to high-intensity strength training (that is; lifting a weight that you can only lift 8-10 times) makes the muscles work harder, get stronger and use up more glucose for energy, which over time builds up greater insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. Research indicates improvements in blood glucose levels of 7% in 3 months and up to 14% improvements after 6 months on a structured strength training program.
There is no other evidence based, structured exercise program for people with or at risk of type 2 diabetes that offers both the exercise structure and accredited Lift for Life trainers who prescribe the exercise and support the participant during the exercise.
Through Lift for Life you can work towards reaching any of the following goals:
Above all, Lift for Life is about improving your quality of life and enjoying the things you used to do. Even simple things, like gardening or shopping, will become much easier once you start your program
We know that it’s been pretty hard for people with diabetes to find exercise programs where the people running them know about diabetes and how to provide advice, exercise programs and support people with diabetes. We have made it easy by training fitness staff in gyms, health clubs and other facilities to prescribe exercise for people with or at risk of type 2 diabetes, and supporting them with resources that make it easy for someone to get started.
The contact details for each provider is available at www.liftforlife.com.au or you can ring us on 1300 733 143. What do I need to do to get started? You will need an Approval to Participate Form signed by your GP or physician. This form is for your safety and well being and ensures your initial assessment takes into account any medical conditions that you may have. The form is available at www.liftforlife.com.au or you can ring us on 1300 733 143 and ask for the form to be sent to you. How is the program delivered ?
Offering the benefits of Lift for Life to as many people as possible means we need to find locations within the community that have the space and equipment for an accredited trainer to work. That may be a physiotherapy clinic, a personal training studio, a larger fitness centre or a multi-use facility with pool, exercise equipment and other services. The most important thing to remember is no matter what choice you make, you will get a consistent, individual and supervised experience of Lift for Life.
The cost of the Lift for Life program is determined by the individual provider and it may vary across facilities. Please contact your nearest provider for details. Will some people not be able to afford the program? We are keen to be able to offer incentives or rebates to make the program more accessible as access to the broadest number of people with diabetes is one of our key drivers. That’s why we are in talks with the government, private health insurers and employer groups to try to make sure Lift for Life is accessible across Australia and that the highest numbers of people get the benefits of the program.
The National Physical Activity Guidelines are of great assistance to people wanting to start exercise, or you can contact your local council for information on strength training programs available in your area.
I enjoy it so much I asked my neighbour to come along and she loves it too and sees the benefits even without having diabetes