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Getting In Shape For Summer

March 13, 2014, 6:15 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Getting In Shape For Summer

This nice weather might have you dreaming about summer.

If you're looking to get your body in shape before shorts season, now is the time to start.

Susie VanDyke turns 60 this year, but that's not stopping this Canton woman from getting in the best shape of her life.

"I have not worked out for years. I'm a nurse, and I work 12 hour shifts," VanDyke said.

VanDyke hopes to knock one item off her bucket list this year -- take part in a bikini contest.

"My son-in-law and daughter have a personal training business in Golden Valley, Minnesota. They have encouraged me to do this natural bikini competition," VanDyke said.

In order to achieve her goal, VanDyke has enlisted the help of Sanford Wellness Center Personal Trainer Heeson Park.

"If you're just a beginner, you just want to try to start out with your own body weights. You don't necessarily have to be in the gym. You can do it at home as well," Park said.

Park recommends a few simple exercises: body weight squats and lunges, along with pushups and dips.

You might struggle with a problem area like your stomach, but doing hundreds of crunches every day isn't your best approach. Instead you should do a variety of exercises.

"It's all about nutrition and making healthier choices and incorporating cardio and strength. With that then your stomach and mid-section will firm itself naturally that way," Park said.

Park also suggests working out three to five days a week.

"You don't necessarily have to be in the gym all the time. Just get exercise doing your everyday activities. If you are going to a grocery store, park further back. Instead of taking the elevators, take the stairs. Just make healthier lifestyle choices," Park said.

While VanDyke is excited to show off her new body this summer, she's also enjoying the health benefits of getting into shape.

"I've gotten very strong lifting groceries, and I'm sleeping better at night. My mood is better. I have just a lot of health benefits," VanDyke said.

Park also recommends that you start and end each workout with stretching.

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