Jennifer

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.

When the time came for me to retire, I just felt like nothing should change. It wasn’t in my nature to relax and stay indoors. In fact, since I had more free time on my hands, I wanted to experience new things and challenge myself to accomplish new goals.

Retirement can be a lonely time, as essentially you must adjust to a new lifestyle. I would urge anyone that is feeling lonely to pick some sort of activity and join a club as you meet like-minded people, remain social and fit. It also gives me something to look forward to.

I fell in love with Pilates around 15 years ago when I realised the effect that it was having on my body. My body felt looser and naturally I became more inclined to pick up more activities. Three years ago, I had my first Tai Chi Chuan training session and it was honestly one of the most difficult things that I had done. I was determined not to give up and I have so many supportive people that encouraged me to keep going and for that I’m grateful. I am so glad I persisted with it so I would like to tell people to give different activities a go as you might just surprise yourself.

Help me get active too!

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