You have been a member of Health Mates for 22 years now, what inspired you to join?
22 years ago I was getting ready to retire and realised I barely do any exercise. I joined Heath Mates in the hopes I could increase my fitness and overall health. 3 months into becoming a member I found out I had a serious heart problem and needed a double bypass. My doctor informed me that if I didn’t start being active I wouldn’t be here today. Once I recovered I made a goal to come to the gym as much as possible. 3 days a week turned into 4, 4 turned to 5 and now I come every day! The gym has improved my health immensely. Not only has my fitness improved but I feel so much better.
What is your training routine?
Every time I come to the gym I walk on the treadmill for 1 hour. I do this not only to keep fit and stay healthy but also to make up for not being active throughout the day.
What are your goals for the future?
My goals for the future are to keep up my training. Even though I’m 84 years old I know that I will keep doing this for a long time. It’s become a habit that I don’t even think twice about.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about starting exercise?
Just start! Join up and get yourself into the gym. Over time you will build up your confidence. There are too many elderly people out there who think they are too old – you aren’t. Give it a go and trust me you will feel more energised, happy and most importantly your health will improve.