Frequently Asked Questions
What is the evidence behind Lift for Life?
The size of our muscles decreases as we grow older. This loss of muscle mass is called sarcopenia.
The design and delivery of Lift for Life as a structured and coached program is unique in that it specifically targets the improvement and maintenance of muscle mass (hypertrophy). Moderate to high-intensity strength training (that is; lifting a weight that you can only lift 8-10 times) makes the muscles work harder, get stronger and use up more glucose for energy, which over time builds up greater insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance.
Research indicates improvements in blood glucose levels of 7% in 3 months and up to 14% improvements after 6 months on a structured strength training program.
What are the health benefits for participants?
Through Lift for Life patricipants can work towards reaching any of the following goals:
better diabetes control
increased muscle strength and tone
a healthier weight
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.
How often does my Accredited Trainer need to get re-accredited?
Lift for Life Trainers are accredited for 2 years after attending a 2-day training workshop and completing the required assessments. In order to maintain Lift for Life accreditation after this two year period, all trainers are required to complete a re-accreditation task. See the Trainer Re-accreditation page for more information.
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