Active Living with Diabetes
Summarized by Dr. Agnes Coutinho PhD
Regular physical activity helps to regulate blood glucose and increase insulin sensitivity. The more muscles that are used during exercise, the greater will be the benefits. This makes Urban Poling one of the best forms of fitness, as it provides a full body workout and has the potential to burn up to 46% more calories, while providing both cardiovascular and strength training. Research shows that an activity such as urban poling has the potential to slow the progression of type 2 diabetes and even prevent onset. Urban poling may also be a great option for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as it is a safe mode of exercise which may reduce the risk of developing gestational diabetes.
“I have type 2 diabetes, and have found it very difficult to lose weight, and to control my blood sugar levels. Now I am finally having some success. My blood sugar levels are not completely under control, but getting there. I have lost 9 pounds and losing inches in my clothing. Purchasing the Urban Poles is one of the best decisions I have made.”.
Walking poles offer proven beneficial effects on general key health parameters. Benefits may include:
- Supports Healthy Weight Management
- Reduces Abdominal Obesity
- Facilitates healthy blood glucose management
- Promotes Cardiovascular Health
Tschentscher, M. et al. (2013). Health Benefits of Nordic Walking A Systematic Review. Am J Prev Med
Korsten-Reck, U. (2010). Physical activity in pregnancy and in breast-feeding period in obese mothers. Z Geburtshilfe Neonatol. For more research on general health benefits
Learn about our walkUp with Diabetes for Community Leaders.
Please remember any physical activity will affect your blood glucose and may affect your response to medication. If you have diabetes already, please speak to your health care practitioner before starting any new activity. Consult your physician or therapist before using the poles if you currently use a cane or walker, have any medical condition which affects your balance, stability, grip strength, vision, depth perception, judgement or co-ordination, or if you are currently recovering from injury or surgery.
- Ergonomic CoreGrip developed for core strengthening
- Strapless to reduce the risk of injury
- Boot shape tips propel you forward to increase your workout
- 3 Anti-vibration features minimizing stress on joints
- Spirit Poles – support Canadian Diabetes Association & National Aboriginal Diabetes Association
- ACTIVATOR poles prescribed for clients who have balance issues
For moderately steep slopes, simply decrease the pressure on the base of the handles or drag your poles behind you. For steep slopes, keep your poles upright and in front and out to the side slightly, so if you do fall you won’t land on your poles. Bend your knees and elbows, and slow down any momentum. For long descents, it may be helpful to lengthen the poles.
–Barb Gormley, Director of Education
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