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Sheri Colberg, PhD, ADA 2013, Q10: High-intensity exercise: good or bad?

Several studies indicate that high intensity exercise over short periods of time may be better than low intensity exercise over a longer period of time. Dr. Colberg talks about these studies and comments that people who have serious CV disease should also consult their physicians on this. And she says that “high intensity” can have different meanings for different patients. Just adding faster intervals to whatever a patient is already doing such as varying walking pace or changing exercise bike settings can make a big difference. Training which is too hard can de-motivate people quickly and even hurt them. She recommends not doing “anything you see on the Biggest Loser” on your own at home.

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Sheri_ColbergSheri Colberg, PhD, is an author, exercise physiologist, and professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University and adjunct professor of internal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, both in Norfolk, Virginia. Having earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, she specializes in research on diabetes and exercise and continues to conduct extensive clinical research specifically in Type 2 diabetes and exercise with funding from the American Diabetes Association (ADA), NIH, and others. She has authored eight books, along with more than 175 research and educational articles on physical activity, diabetes, healthy lifestyles, and aging. More information is available about Dr. Colberg at www.shericolberg.com.

Diabetes In Control is honored to have Dr. Colberg as a member of our Advisory Board and frequent contributor to our newsletter. You can find her articles here.