Free exercise classes: Beat It

This new year why not join Beat It – an eight-week physical activity and lifestyle program delivered by Accredited Exercise Physiologists who have undertaken training with Diabetes NSW & ACT?

The program involves moderate-intensity aerobic, strength and balance-based exercises, as well as education sessions on healthier living.

Whether you have exercised before or need some help getting started, Beat It will help you on your journey to a healthier and more active life. Classes start slowly and build up as your fitness, strength and confidence improves.

Your Exercise Physiologist will tailor individual exercises to your specific needs within a friendly, motivating and supportive environment.

What does the Beat It program involve?

  • An initial health and fitness assessment
  • 16 group sessions (two per week)
  • An individualised exercise program
  • Education sessions throughout
  • Progress tracking
  • A final consultation

Are you eligible?

If you are registered with the NDSS and want to increase your physical activity, and can get a Medical Clearance form signed at your next GP visit, you’re eligible (note – because of the program’s popularity, we have to exclude people who have participated in a Beat It program in the past two years).

Importantly, you must be able to commit to the eight weeks of the program (two sessions per week).

How do you get started?

  1. Call 1300 342 238 or visit Beat It to find out more. Bookings are essential.
  2. Look out for your starter pack in the mail, and get your Medical Clearance form signed by your GP before your initial consultation.
  3. Attend your 45-minute initial consultation with your Beat It trainer before the program starts.
  4. Attend your group exercise sessions and education sessions. You must be able to attend every session for the duration of the eight-week program.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the program cost? Beat It is free for participants to attend the first eight-week program. There are a limited number of National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) funded programs available across the state. You can contact us to find out if there is a program near you.

Is there an age restriction on who can participate? There is no age restriction to participate in the Beat It program. The program is designed to meet your personal needs and can be modified according to your current level of fitness and physical capabilities.

Do I need medical clearance to participate? YES to ensure your safety and ongoing good health, anyone with diabetes or other chronic lifestyle-related conditions will require medical clearance from their GP to participate in the program.

The results speak for themselves

  • 89% of participants have more motivation as a result of the program
  • 76% have a better understanding of exercise
  • 61% made new friends
  • 60% have higher energy levels
  • 60% enjoy healthier eating habits as a result of completing the program
  • 35% have improved blood pressure

Feedback from participants

Still thinking about whether Beat It is right for you? Here’s some feedback from participants who recently completed the program.

“Beat It has given me a community and support to enjoy exercise.” 66-year-old male.

“I think most people will appreciate the social interaction in a structured group as well as being able to talk to like individuals about diabetes, as well as the physical benefits of doing the exercises.” 71-year-old male.

“I have met a great group of people to exercise with. I am more encouraged to do more exercises and enjoy going.” 57-year-old female.

“Getting out and socialising with other people, meeting new people.” 59-year-old female.

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