Generally speaking circuit training would be best. I’m guessing your client is type II since you said they were overweight. you didn’t mention if they were taking insulin or other medications yet or not. that may be a factor to consider. if they are, I recommend taking their blood sugar pre/post exercise to see how exercise is effecting them.
If you know their A1C levels great, have them get it checked again in 3-4 months to see if it goes down.
They need to burn calories as this will help cure their type II diabetes. that is why I mentioned circuit training. it will do the most good in the least time.
since they have diabetes, they likely have other issues which you may have to consider – kidney issues, joint problems/arthritis etc.
Remember that exercise alone will not probably help their diabetes to the point where they are no longer considered “diabetic”. They have to reduce the calories they are eating too. They must lost some weight if we are to cure this condition.
Yes, I AM using the word “Cure” on purpose because its a word nobody wants to use. For those who dont like this word, I ask , what do you call a person who is off all diabetes medications? I call that a cure. I’ve seen it happen several times so I know its possible.
Here is something I wrote on diabetes that may help
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).
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.