“If exercise could be packed in a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation.” – Robert N. Butler, M.D. Former Director, National Institute on Aging

Exercise can help break insulin resistance. However, not on its own. A balanced diet, minimising stress, quality sleep, and various other things must also be included in the move towards breaking insulin resistance.

The single most effective exercise to assist with insulin resistance is resistance training. If done consistently, resistance training will drastically improve our insulin

If you are someone who over-exercises (or has in the past), then it is likely you too are insulin resistant, as over-exercise is a stress on the body causing it to resist insulin. Our bodies are built to adjust and save us. It also has memories, so when we have been insulin resistant before, it will try and save us every time it feels like we need saving.

Breaking this mould is important.

Setting goals that are realistic is important.

The glucose stimulated by insulin is sent to skeletal muscle, which are the muscles used to control almost all of your movement. This not only creates energy during exercise but also helps with post-exercise recovery, fat-free mass gain and overall energy balance. Consistent, regular exercise causes our anatomy and physiology to change and adapt, providing defence mechanisms for the prevention and treatment of diseases. This is considered a chronic adaptation. The acute changes after exercise is also important to consider. The prolonged acute effect of exercise on insulin sensitivity can last up to 72 hours. Exercise, therefore, should be prescribed as the first-line defence to cardiometabolic diseases (such as type 2 diabetes) before pharmaceutical intervention. It is believed the acute effect plays a more important role to combat insulin resistance.

All of this can be considered as exercise as medicine.

If you are interested in learning more, diving in further into utilising exercise for insulin resistance and finding out how you can best support yourself, your body and your overall health, Charmaine D has the answers for you. Her newly created online program is a five part program, covering topics of the utmost importance for us to be living our best lives at our healthiest. The second week of this online program is centred solely around insulin resistance and exercising for insulin resistance. Here you will receive an in-depth video by Charmaine herself, and a written summary with all you need to know about insulin and the tools to implement essential changes into your life. Following this you will be provided with a questionnaire to fill out to help you better understand what you may be going through. This questionnaire will also assist Charmaine in understanding your past, patterns of behaviour and where things might have gone wrong for you in your health journey. You are then eligible for a virtual consultation with Charmaine to discuss your direction and options moving forward.

For more information on this online program, contact us and we’ll let you know all the details, or book in for a free 30 minute consultation.

Charmaine D is here for you and is committed to helping you move through your ailments and forward into the rest of your life. 

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