Getting fit for life - Marion Leisure and Fitness Centre
Read about Marion Leisure and Fitness Centre's gym classes for the over 50s.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 47 - December 2014.
A grandmother who works part-time as a cleaner is among a growing band of over 50s who are hitting the gym to offset the impacts of ageing with regular exercise.
Julie Brennan signed up for Marion Leisure and Fitness Centre’s Strength 4 Life classes two years ago to give herself a boost both physically and mentally after turning 60.
Julie threw herself into gym sessions three times a week, using a rowing machine, lifting weights and balancing on a fit ball.
“Within a month of starting classes I felt stronger, was full of beans and able to get much more done in a day,” Julie said.
“I work as a cleaner and do quite a bit of lifting, which has been easier since I started at the gym, and I also have more energy to play with my two grandchildren.
“I thought at worst it would be a good laugh, but it’s proved to really beneficial and a lot of fun.”
Strength 4 Life classes are tailored to meet the age needs and abilities of participants with routines that increase muscle mass, keep bones healthy and strong, and improve heart and lung function.
Marion Fitness and Leisure Centre gym coordinator Mike Woodforde said it was important for people of all ages to exercise.
“Regular exercise is important at any age as it can help prevent muscles getting sloppy and tight, improve cardiovascular performance and firm up knees, which makes it easier to walk up steps,” Mr Woodforde said.
“We have increasing interest in Strength 4 Life, which has about 60 participants for who we develop exercise routines, monitor progress and provide encouragement.”
Strength 4 Life classes are run through Council of the Ageing (COTA) and cost $6 each.
Marion Leisure and Fitness Centre can be contacted on 8294 6488.
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City Limits Magazine
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