Lift for Life is a moderate to high intensity strength training program designed specifically for people with type 2 diabetes or those who are at risk of developing it.
The program was developed based on research conducted by the International Diabetes Institute. The research showed that in just three months, blood glucose control had improved by 7%. After six months, the improvement was 14%- a result which matched and sometimes exceeds that typically produced by conventional drug treatment.
In 2005, the Australian Government recognised the importance of such a program which is unique to other strength training programs due to the research behind the program and agreed to support the development and national implementation of Lift for Life.
Through Lift for Life participants work towards reaching any of the following goals:
Each Lift for Life centre has a number of experienced trainers who received specialised training to better understand the needs of people with diabetes. Lift for Life is conducted in small supervised groups of up to 12 people and is held over 2-3 sessions per week.
Lift for Life requires doctor approval to participate in the program and GPs are required to complete the Approval to Participate form before patients can book an assessment with an accredited trainer.
Above all, Lift for Life is about improving quality of life and enabling people to enjoy the things they used to do. Even simple things, like gardening or shopping, will become much easier once participating in Lift for Life.