Kishwaukee Family YMCA

Youth Development Alerts Healthy Living Social Responsibiliy

Michael’s Story

“I am so pleased with the changes to my body. Not too long ago my doctor wanted to put me on blood pressure medication. I knew that if I lost weight my blood pressure would go down. I am a senior citizen that is a month away from 66 years old.

Early last April I started coming to the YMCA on Monday, Wednesday and Friday as part of my diet and exercise regimen. I spent about 25 minutes each day exercising my upper body on the weight machines. I am handicapped and walk with a four point cane so I am limited from doing let work but, I still get 25 minutes elevated heart rate work.

I have lost 18 pounds since joining the YMCA and last Wednesday I had my blood pressure checked and its back in the normal range. My first goal was to get my blood pressure down without drugs and I did it! My risk of type two diabetes has also dropped dramatically. I feel better and have more energy. I am again committed to living a healthy lifestyle after thirteen years away from it.

The YMCA made me feel comfortable from day one despite my handicap. I am very happy I joined the YMCA. It changed my life”

Michael Nelson – Kishwaukee Family YMCA Member