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A good friend and client recently sent me this article; Supervised exercise improves glycemic control and other cardiovascular risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to an Archives of Internal Medicine study.

Some 600 sedentary adults in Italy with type 2 diabetes were randomized either to twice-weekly supervised exercise (aerobic and resistance training) plus exercise counseling or to exercise counseling alone. After 12 months, the mean hemoglobin A1c level had dropped significantly more with supervised exercise than with counseling alone (-0.42% vs. -0.13%). The exercise group also achieved significant improvements in blood pressure, lipid levels, waist circumference, and body-mass index. Editorialists say the trial "supports the addition of supervised, facility-based exercise training to standard therapy" for type 2 diabetes. They add: "The cost of delivering such therapy would probably compare favorably with the costs of many diabetes medications, none of which would have the vast range of clinically beneficial effects" observed in this study.

As we approach the New Year, men and women everywhere will begin to set forth on New Years' resolutions. Many of these resolutions will be short lived. As other things begin to pile up with the come of the New Year, things such as time, knowledge, motivation, money, and many others will become excuses that hinder these resolutions. Starting a workout plan and diet is one of the most daunting tasks people face. With that said, looking for help should come to forefront. Everyone needs a coach or a mentor; the best athletes, models, CEOs all look for someone to help them reach their goals and so should YOU.

Supervised exercise programs by a qualified trainer can make these goals much easier to achieve. On average one-on-one sessions can run anywhere from $50 and upwards of $150-200 per hour depending on the demographic. This cost may seem like a lot up front but when we look at the cost of other medical expenses that may be needed in the long run if lifestyle changes are not made, it should seem much more reasonable. As stated in this study, this type of intervention is much more effective in terms of cost and long term results. Along the same lines, if one looks at how much is spent yearly on items like take-out or coffee, again these costs may become more reasonable. Lifestyle changes can be made a little at a time until they become habit. Make your health and fitness a PRIORITY in your life and achieving your goals with the help of a trainer can be accomplished!

More to come over the next month about lifestyle changes...