Working out for all ages

Kristin MacfarlaneSouth Western Times

Getting older does not mean having to stop working out and keeping fit – just ask John Welsh and Lisa Baker.

The over 50-year-olds are keeping active at Eaton Recreation Centre in a four-week Movement and Mobility workshop as part of the centre’s ongoing Fit Over 50 program.

The centre has launched a series of workshops aimed at promoting mobility and movement in people over 50 and the latest workshop has started in response to increasing recognition about the health benefits of strength training as people age.

During the first 15 minutes of the workshops participants are taken through an information session with gym supervisor Jessica Fuller before undertaking a 45-minute supervised workout where they are guided on correct technique and learn how to choose appropriate weights based on their ability.

Ms Fuller is helping participants who are not challenging themselves because they lack confidence or knowledge.

“Our over 50 participants often underestimate their own ability, particularly when it comes to strength training,” she said.

“Strength training, mobility and fitness is becoming increasingly important to over 50s seeking to remain independent and enjoy a greater quality of life.”

“Not only is regular exercise and strength training providing physical benefits, many participants enjoy better mental health and the socialisation aspects that group exercise provides.”

To find out more about the Eaton Recreation Centre’s Fit Over 50 program, or for a one-month free trial, go to erc.dardanup.wa.gov.au

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