In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes with almost 2 million new diagnoses each year. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed with proper weight management, healthy eating and higher activity levels. New research shows that "short sessions of high-intensity exercise may provide more health benefits for people with type 2 diabetes than longer bouts of less intense activity".
Research was recently done with 76 adults with the average of 67 that were diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes. Half of the group did one 30 minute exercise five days a week at 65 percent of their target heart rate while the other group did three 10 minute workouts a day, five days a week at 85 percent of their target heart rate.
The participants were assessed three months later and the high intensity group had blew the lower intensity group out of the water. The high intensity group had larger decreases in cholesterol and blood sugars levels, lost more weight and had greater improvements in their heart health!
This study ties into the PEAK vision of increasing our members health and well being through high intensity interval training designed to produce training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate and functional strength training.