It would of course depend on your client’s own fitness level, etc. In general, it may be helpful to assist the client with activities of daily living–movements that are exercises, but functional. Sitting down and standing up (squats) can be done with a bench, chair, or stability ball against the wall. Keeping the client moving is a good step, but also helping them to understand an awareness of their body.
I’ve read some really good material from Rochelle Rice. Here is a link to some of her articles that may give you more specific information:
I hope these articles can give you some ideas.
Hello Val Hahamy,
There is much which can be done off the floor: bodyweight, dumbbell, rubber resistance and walking. Do they have access to a pool? This way you can progress them to getting on and off the floor. You should be able to get more details of what they are able to do during the workout sessions. The guidelines for diabetics are similar to general population and don’t let more than two days go by without doing some sort of exercise. Are the statistics of active diabetics going off or needing less insulin motivating to this person? Maybe working on the obese factor should be the main goal for now, since obesity causes so many health challenges.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
I would suggest keep this client moving as much as possible (treadmill, bike or walking). Some exercises with band might be an option and then some light free weights (machines could also be a great alternative). Make sure this client checks his blood sugar before exercising and as long as he/she has available some type of food or a drink with some sugar in it close by, then it should ok. The exercises and the duration of the cardio/workout should be at a level that your client can maintain for the entire duration of his/her workout, if not then adjustments need to be made. Medical clearance is a must (as Sue suggested).