Diabetic? Does this story about diabetic exercises sound familiar?
You’re looking after your diabetes and everyone is telling you to exercise more but you’re trying your best and still hearing your doctor or your podiatrist wanting more diabetic exercises?
You’re walking as much as you can and checking those sugars but they still peak up every now and then?
You tried going to the gym but everyone there looks like they are sweating it out for some kind of bodybuilding contest you want no part of?
You’ve tried yoga, and tai chi, and zumba, and aerobics, but none of them really get you.
Well let me introduce you to one of the hidden secrets in managing your health.
EP’s (as Exercise Physiologists get called for short) are exercise professionals. They have at minimum a 4 year university degree behind them so they get the science of exercise. If you’re lucky and live near Pascoe Vale you also get over 20 years experience from your EP Mike in prescribing exercise programs for all manner of health conditions, in particular diabetes.
Here’s some important information about diabetes and exercise that can save lives and lead to greater quality of life.
To optimally manage diabetes you need at least 150 to 300 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every week.
2 sessions of resistance training per week.
For those of us who don’t have a love of the gym and lead active lives, how are you supposed to get that done?
By seeing an expert.
In Pascoe Vale Mike runs one on one sessions for goal setting, exercise prescription, planning and therapy. He also has diabetic group exercise classes where you can come and perform your own, personal exercise plan in a supportive group of up to 6 people.
These sessions are perfect for people with diabetes looking to get their diabetes management from good to great. And there’s some great news. If you have diabetes in Australia you’re eligible for a medicare rebate for a one on one session + 8 group sessions every year.
If you’re not an Australian citizen and don’t have medicare, or you’ve already attended 8 sessions this year you can get your exercise class fix for only $20. With private health insurers picking up the tab (if you’re covered) you might not be out of pocket much at all.
To get medicare to pay for your exercise therapy you will need a referral to Mike from your GP. They simply need to write up a diabetes group services referral. That’s it. Once that’s done medicare will pick up the tab for the initial consultation (nothing out of pocket) then your group sessions are only $5. Just amazing value.
So, what are you waiting for?
The best time to start exercising is now. Tomorrow we’re all a day older and habits become harder to form. Just listen to what Jim has had to say about his diabetic exercise experience with Mike.
Book in with our EP in Pascoe Vale right now to get your one on one here.
If you’re going to get medicare to pay the bills then make sure you have your referrals ready before you see Mike.