Your Health Matters: Walking can help lower A1C level in diabetics – The Globe

WORTHINGTON — Let’s be totally honest for a moment, when we hear someone talk about or recommend exercise, what do you picture in your mind?

Most of us will see someone dripping with sweat, exhausted, barely able to get off the floor, right? Pictures of Duane “The Rock” Johnson, Tae Bo Billy Blanks, Richard Simmons, or your favorite YouTube Pilates instructor’s workouts might come to mind depending on your era of reference.

Now I am going to recommend you erase thoughts like that from your mind as we take in some information about the value of “becoming more active” when it comes to our plan to deal with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes risks.

If exercise or being active has not been a part of your daily routine of late, a realistic key to success is to make small incremental changes. The quickest way to become frustrated and “throw in

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McHenry County offers outdoor exercise opportunities providing added health benefits

For Valerie Koehn of Crystal Lake, exercise isn’t always just hopping on treadmills or elliptical machines inside her local fitness center.

Sometimes it’s exploring McHenry County’s many nature trails, learning about clouds, watching butterflies soar, playing a game of searching for gnomes or gathering prairie seeds to help reseed conservation parks.

It is doing something she enjoys, which is what fitness experts say is the key to continuing and benefiting from an exercise routine long term.

“It keeps me moving, keeps me young,” Koehn, 72, said. “My mom didn’t move. … then she couldn’t move.”

Pat Reed, fitness manager with Northwestern Medicine Huntley Health and Fitness Center, encourages outdoor activity for mind and body.

“Find something you like to do and do that something outdoors,” Reed said. “If the motivation is just weight loss or building strength versus if you actually enjoy it, your exercising is better. Whether rollerblading, cycling

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