Greater Grand Rapids keeping up with fitness resolutions

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ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) - It appears West Michigan is still keeping up with their New Year's resolutions to hit the gym more often, according to new numbers released by the YMCA.

"I'm planning on being in the best shape of my life by the time I'm 35."

Toni Dhaseleer competes with her friends at the Wolverine Rockford location to keep her motivation up for rigorous workouts. It helps she can bring her two young sons along to the YMCA's daycare center.

"It makes it feasible for me to be able to cram some workouts in, and then the kids get to be active and do something creative besides sit and watch TV."

It's one reason why Executive Director of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Bev Thiel says the number of visitors hasn't dwindled much from the New Year's resolution rush. "The number of peoples' lives we touch this year is probably historical for us."

208,000; that's the number of total card swipes, or visits, at all the greater Grand Rapids YMCA location in January 2012. This past January, that number jumped to 215,000.

If past patterns repeat, those numbers may drop as the weather warms. "I think we have to get to spring break. As soon as everybody feels like they're gonna look good in their swim suits, then I think usage will slow down."

But not for Toni. "Get in good shape, be happy and healthy, be able to enjoy my boys, and love life."

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