As a type 1 diabetic, I know the value of exercise for my diabetes. That’s part of why I do Beachbody workouts, and why I became a Beachbody coach 2.5 years ago. At the beginning of May I started the 90 day Beachbody workout program called Body Beast. Now I’d like to share my Body Beast results with you, and why Body Beast can help you if you have diabetes. I’ve done a handful of Beachbody workouts, but Body Beast has shown me the most significant results. Not just in body composition, and fitness level, but also in my diabetes.
Body Beast is an anaerobic strength training workout, which is ideal for anyone with diabetes. You see, anaerobic exercise improves insulin resistance. It does this so well, that with your first workout, it can improve your insulin resistance temporarily for hours, and then again with every consecutive workout. With continued workouts, it can improve it more permanently, possibly reducing your daily insulin requirement. When I do my workouts, I have to set a temporary reduced basal on my pump for 8 hours. Since I workout consistently, every now and then I need to reduce either my daily basal or bolus insulin amounts. I use a great deal less insulin now than I did before I was a Beachbody coach. When you do anaerobic exercise, your muscle cells have improved insulin sensitivity, and can process carbohydrates with less insulin. This is temporary, and it’s part of why everybody tells you to drink a recovery shake within 45 minutes of completing your workout. I have my recovery shake immediately after every workout. It tastes so good that my workout buddies and I call it “crack juice”.
In a little more than 2 weeks, I celebrate 10 years of life, after cardiac arrest. As part of my recovery 10 years ago, I became interested in health, fitness, nutrition, and bodybuilding. I was in the best shape of my life back then, thanks to my cardiac arrest. I wanted to celebrate this 10th anniversary by being as healthy as I was back then. I think I am. It feels good. I don’t suddenly look like a bodybuilder after completing this program, but my body composition has certainly changed for the better, as well as my fitness level, my insulin requirement, and my knowledge of how anaerobic exercise affects and improves my diabetes has significantly improved.
I would absolutely love to lead a Body Beast workout group of my diabetes peeps. Do I have any diabetes peeps that are bodybuilding fans? Do you know what “the pump” feels like? Who’s your favorite bodybuilder? Have you ever seen Pumping Iron? Have you ever been to a bodybuilding show? Do you know what rhomboids are? What’s your favorite bodybuilding quote? Do you know who “The Blade”, or “Superman” are? Can you tell I’m a bodybuilding fan? LOL!
If you have any interest in such a workout group, please comment, message me, or contact me somehow in my social networks. When you order from me, I become your coach, so I can help with the diabetes aspect of your workouts. Below is a video I created along my journey over the 90 days. I hope you enjoy it.