Meet Mike Parins! Mike (73) has been married to his best friend and wife, Judy, for 51 years. They live in Green Bay with their 11-year-old Springer Spaniel, Gus. Mike and Gus walk together several miles every day and sometimes Gus takes a little dip in Baird Creek. They have four children and four grandchildren and love to spend as much time as possible with the grandkids. Since 1969, Mike has been in the Safety and Environmental compliance business and owner of a small consulting firm.
He has been a member at Bellin Health Fitness for many years. First at the Whitney Center on Webster, then at the Ashwaubenon location for several years and now he is working out five days a week at our Bellevue location where in the past couple of years, Mike has really stepped up his game!
Even though Mike was a member for many years, his motivation to take his health seriously didn’t begin until much later. Around the age of 60, he began to struggle with some health issues. He had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, experienced frequent dizziness, lacked energy and stamina and was overweight. Shortly after that time, Mike’s daughter, Susan, passed away at the age of 39 from cardiac arrest. One month later Mike was experiencing the same symptoms as his daughter and his wife immediately drove him to the Bellin ER where he was admitted. Dr. James Rider was on duty and he suspected something serious was going on. Thankfully so because the next day Mike had to undergo surgery for six bypasses performed by Dr. Gerndt.
Mike started cardiac rehab and quickly found out that he was really out of shape so he continued to visit the Bellin Health Fitness more frequently. Beth Wagner, FNP for Cardiology Associated helped Mike to get a clear understanding of what he could do to improve his physical health. With that knowledge, he began working with Tim Grell, Certified Personal Trainer, to develop a specific workout routine. All of Mike’s hard work over the years has really paid off. He has lost 40 pounds, cut his cholesterol in half, no longer experiences dizziness and says that he has more energy and stamina than he did 20 year ago.
The most difficult part of getting his workout plan in place was accepting that a lifestyle change was necessary and needed to include healthy eating habits as well as a regular strong workout schedule. He said that it was slow going at first but his patience and tenacity paid off. Now Mike feels like a new man. Support and advice from the Bellin Health Fitness staff is a big part of his success! Mike said, “When I go to Bellin, I’m with friends.”
Not only does he consider the staff his friends but he has also made friends with other members at Bellin Health Fitness. There’s John who is 90 years old and has the best sense of humor, Karl who is disabled and is such an inspiration for Mike and there’s Bubba, who had a stroke and is fighting to get his life back. Bubba is now one of Mike’s best friends. These men are three special gifts that Mike is very grateful for.
When asked what advice would you give to help others, Mike recommends for those just starting a workout program, to start slow and include developing a plan with one of Bellin Health Fitness’ certified personal trainers. He also recommended to keep on track with a regular schedule and not to get discouraged as well as talking to the staff if you need help.