Frequently Asked Questions
What is Lift for Life?
Lift for Life is an evidence-based resistance training program for people with (or at risk of developing) type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions.
Why is it different to other exercise programs for people with type 2 diabetes?
There is no other evidence-based, structured exercise program for people with or at risk of type 2 diabetes that offers both the exercise structure and accredited Lift for Life trainers who prescribe the exercise and support the participant during the exercise.
What health benefits can be achieved by participating?
Through Lift for Life you can work towards reaching any of the following goals:
- better diabetes control
- increased muscle strength and tone
- a healthier weight
- stronger bones
- improved flexibility, balance and posture
- improved mood and increased energy
Lift for Life is about improving your quality-of-life and being able to do the things you want to do. Activities like gardening or shopping, can become easier once you start your program.
What type of locations is the program delivered through?
You might find Lift for Life being delivered in physiotherapy clinic, a personal training studio, a larger fitness centre or a multi-use facility with pool, exercise equipment and other services. The most important thing to remember is no matter what choice you make, you will get a consistent, individual and supervised experience of Lift for Life.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the Lift for Life program is determined by the individual provider and it may vary across facilities. Please contact your nearest provider for details. As a general guide, the cost can range from $3.00 to $15.00 per session. We are keen to be able to offer incentives or rebates to make the program more accessible as access to the broadest number of people with diabetes.
Can I access private health fund rebates?
If you have Private Health Insurance, it's worth checking with your Health Insurance Provider whether they offer rebates for activities such as Lift for Life. For example Australian Unity offer a rebate for the Lift for Life program
As the program is delivered by varied professions and in slightly different ways at each provider, it is best to check with your provider on the status of their program.
Fitness Australia, the health and fitness industry association, has more information about Private Health Fund Rebates for Fitness Services
Why do I need to get my Doctor's approval to participate in the program?
Lift for Life has been proven to have benefits for most people battling diabetes, but there are always exceptions. Although you will be monitored by specialised staff and supported through the program, the fact is that this type of program is not appropriate for all people.
Your Doctor can ensure that this program will be of benefit and will not put you at risk, and can also ensure that your Lift for Life trainer is fully informed with all relevant health information to best customise your program and maximise your outcomes from the program.
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