Need some motivation to get fit and healthy?
Take Derek Kingsbury for example. With Type 2 diabetes, he knew something more could be done about his health, but he saw the gym as a place for “incredibly attractive, fit, disciplined people who are focused on the end goal of being ripped. It's not for people who have got the body fat or body sugars of an easter egg!”
Now he’s in the Top 10 percent in the World for the Samsung Health Global Challenge, where participants compete for the most steps in any one month. They have to do at least 200,000 steps a month. Derek? He nailed over 500,000, competing alongside 1.4 million others.
So what changed his mind about getting motivated and improving his health?
The birth of his son seven months ago motivated him to think harder about what he could do to tackle his health issues. He’s had Type 2 diabetes for "many, many years" and while he says it’s relatively easy to control his blood sugar levels, it’s not easy to keep them under control.
Diabetes is the result of the body not creating enough insulin to keep blood glucose (sugar) levels in the normal range. For many people (but not all) type 2 diabetes can be prevented by making healthy food choices and staying active.
“I’m at a stage in my life where I know that it’s not going to get easier. You just need to think long-term” Kingsbury states.
When Kingsbury and his wife, who enjoy taking part in charity events, saw the Purple Walk for Endometriosis on the 14th of March, they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to participate. Luckily they didn't - it was here Derek won a six month membership to UniRec, the University of Waikato’s on-campus health & fitness centre, which offers exercise options not only for students and staff, but the wider community as well.
Now, you can find Kingsbury working out everyday – “even if it’s just to walk on the treadmill”. This has helped increase his step count, improve his health, and taught him the gym is a great place for anyone – no matter the size of the Easter egg.