Diabetes Part 3: The importance of building muscle
January 26, 2023
We often hear from clients, when we first speak with them, that they don’t enjoy the gym. This is understandable. It can be a daunting place if you are not used to going. It’s difficult if you don’t have a routine and don’t know what to do. It may be ‘boring’. Check out our previous blog on what holds us back when it comes to our health?
Why do you need to build muscle?
I’m sorry (but not sorry) to say that this doesn’t mean you don’t have to work out to put muscle on and therefore improve your health!
As much as drinking lots of water is boring, brushing your teeth is boring etc… what I’m getting at here is that building muscle is AS ESSENTIAL as these daily habits.
Although, what I would say is that it can come in many forms and therefore does not have to be boring. We actually tend to find that our Activ8 members express how much they really enjoy the process when they find new confidence in doing what they’ve not felt they could do before, meet new people and share experiences, become competitive and feel great from the results of the process!
It must also be said, and is usually mostly known now thankfully, that building muscle does not make you ’bulky’!!! Fat mass is bulky. Just look at the comparison of 1lb of fat vs 1lb of muscle:
So what has this got to do with diabetes?
Muscle is metabolically active. More muscle results in better utilisation of sugars and less insulin resistance. IF you are serious about improving health and overcoming type 2 diabetes and/or it’s damage to your body for the long term, lifestyle coaching (ACTiV8!) is essential.