Exercise

Staying Fit For Life

An instructor gives directions to a man riding an exercise bike in a diabetes education class

Research has shown how exercise has a role in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. At the Texas Diabetes Institute, we offer a supervised exercise program at a state-of-the-art Fitness Center for people wanting to manage or prevent chronic diseases. What are some of the positive changes that regular exercise can bring you?

Benefits of regular exercise

  1. Lowers blood sugar levels and improves the way your body uses insulin
  2. Improves cholesterol levels, lowers bad (LDL) and raises good (HDL) cholesterol
  3. Decreases blood pressure and makes your heart stronger
  4. Increases muscular strength and stamina
  5. Helps control weight
  6. Increases flexibility and improves balance
  7. Boosts energy levels
  8. Improves self-esteem and sense of well-being
  9. Reduces stress
  10. Helps you to look and feel great!


Fitness Center

At the Texas Diabetes Institute (TDI), we want you to start receiving the benefits of becoming more active. Our Fitness Center offers a supervised exercise program at a state-of-the-art fitness center, for people with diabetes and other chronic conditions.

Our fitness professionals will first conduct an individual fitness assessment. They will then design an effective individualized exercise plan to help you meet your goals safely.

Our gym is equipped with treadmills, stationary bikes, arm cycles and elliptical trainers for increasing cardiovascular fitness. Cable weights and dumbbells are available for strength training.

Body composition measurements done in the center can help track decreases in body fat and increases in muscle mass which result from regular exercise. In addition, we log our participant’s blood sugars, blood pressure, weight, and activity throughout the exercise program to help individuals to reach their goals.

Programs

  • Adult Program - We offer a supportive environment for exercise among friendly people who share common goals and concerns. Sessions are scheduled to promote regular attendance and to encourage group support. Membership requires a written referral from your physician. New member orientations are held monthly. For program fees and more details about this program call 210-358-7206. Current hours of operation are: 7 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Thursday and 7 AM to 3 PM on Friday

Tips for exercising safely

exercisemargaritaPlanning for safe exercise

  • See your doctor for a thorough checkup before beginning an exercise program.
  • Start slowly and increase time and distance gradually.
  • Avoid exercise outdoors in extreme heat or cold
  • Check feet regularly for blisters or injuries.
  • Carry ID that identifies you, especially if you are a person with diabetes.
  • Do not exercise when you are ill.
  • Keep a record of your blood sugars or blood pressures for your doctor so you can review the effects of exercise on your health.

For more information about exercising safely, please call 210-358-7206.