By: Claudia Harris
“The 7 Step Diabetes Fitness Plan: Living Well and Being Fit With Diabetes, No Matter Your Weight” (Marlowe & Co., 2006) is the book I hoped would be there for me one day if I were to be diagnosed with pre-diabetes.
Author Sheri R. Colberg, PhD, gives readers permission to try their best, to do what they can to manage their fitness and health and teaches them how to proactively care for themselves and their diabetes.
For years, the repeated chorus of “lose more weight” has echoed in my ears, just as it has in the ears of my patients when they see me after visiting their doctors.
Like them, and like you, perhaps, the older I become (and the less regularly active), the harder it has been for me to lose weight.
Colberg, an associate professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., offers an inspirational, “makes good sense” approach to preventing, and living well with, diabetes. Her book is not based or focused on an unrealistic amount of weight loss as the only means to good management of diabetes. Rather, the seven chapters coach readers on ways to achieve target-level blood glucose control and better overall health—and maybe some weight loss as an added side benefit.
Distributed throughout the book are more than 40 “No Matter Your Weight” tips that helped me to understand why it’s fine to ignore my weight on the scale.
A type 1 diabetic herself, Colberg is one of the nation’s leading diabetes fitness authorities, so it makes sense that her focus is on more and varied types of physical activity. But you don’t have to join the nearest gym to start living well. Colberg goes beyond simply telling readers to exercise more. Instead she provides a step-by-step guide to achieve a healthier body. The book is filled with practical information and dozens of tips on physical fitness (including illustrated exercises and exercises you can do at home), stabilizing blood glucose through physical activity, nutrition and supplements, emotional health, diabetes medications, motivation and much more.
This book is a must-read for people at risk for diabetes, for people who have diabetes or for just about anyone who wants to achieve better health and fitness. Colberg’s book is my ultimate diabetes fitness plan.