I used to be quite fit as a teenager but haven’t kept as active as I would like as I have gotten older. At age 62, I now have three grandchildren that I help look after a few days a week and I have realised that keeping up my fitness will help me run around after them and give me more energy for playtime.
Earlier this year, some of us started a 12-week healthy eating cooking course to help lose weight. To start with we got weighed and had our blood pressure checked and there were different speakers including a doctor who came to talk to us about healthy lifestyles.
As part of the course, we started going to a Women’s Fitness class on a Wednesday at Havelock Community Centre. We started to speak to our neighbours about it and more of us are now going along. Even though the course has long finished; we’re still going to the fitness classes.
I only miss it if I am away or when my back is bad but I intend to carry on. It did me good! It made me think about wanting to try other forms of exercise. Sometimes I have found it difficult to discover information on different classes and exercises but I now want to try something for older women, so I have been having a look online and found some to try. I would encourage other women to get out there and give group exercise a go. It makes it easier when you are all doing it together.
Overall it is the social occasion I’ve enjoyed; meeting different people. And we’ve certainly had a laugh!Help me get active too!
As a child I was always the last to be picked for any sports teams, however now I would like to be an inspiration to all people. I am now in my seventies and the key behind me staying active is the stimulation that it brings mentally and the physical aspect of keeping my muscles energised. A strong mind leads to a strong body, and both are vital; not only for my own wellbeing but also being there for my family.Read More
I’ve always been pretty active throughout my life, playing team sports and regular football games on the weekends. A few years ago I decided I wanted to give running a go too and since then have done it about three or four times a week.Read More