Medical research and back-up means that the average life expectancy is increasing. Australian men (79 years) and women (84 years) are ranked 4th and 3rd respectively internationally for life expectancy. Australian society is aging. Physically we hit our peak in our early to mid 20’s, thereafter physiologically we’re on the downhill spiral. How quickly we take this slide is largely dependent on the lifestyle choices we make.
Choose poorly and not only will you shorten your life but also increase your vulnerability to a variety of lifestyle/degenerative diseases such as heart disease, Type II Diabetes, high blood pressure and certain forms of cancer (e.g. Bowel cancer). In essence you won’t live as long as you otherwise could and you’ll be more ill in the later stages of your shortened lifespan. Conversely, if you make the “right” choices not only will you live a longer life but you’ll also be able to condense down the amount of illness you experience to your later twilight years. In other words instead of struggling with illness for the last decade of your life you may only be ill for the last 18 months.
Choosing well gives you more quantity and quality of life.
Helensburgh Fitness Centre is focussing its attention on the over 50’s this month, encouraging anyone who has surpassed that milestone to embrace fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
“Our members are important to us and part of our philosophy is to not only provide them with a great place for them to exercise but to also provide continued education on how they can have a happy and healthy lifestyle.” says Tanya Edgerton, manager at the Centre, “Regular exercise is so important for this age group but for people who have not necessarily had experience in a fitness centre environment it can often be intimidating or scary to take that first step.”
“To make this easier we decided to make May free for anyone that is over 50. We are encouraging our members to bring their parents or grandparents. We welcome anyone and our team can assist them to achieve their fitness goals. We will also be running a couple of information sessions that will describe what type of exercise we should be doing and how often. We are really hoping that by doing this we can support this sector of our community.”
Lyn Edgerton is the owner of Helensburgh Fitness Centre and has owned the property for the last 30 years and ran the fitness centre for most of that time. She herself is an over 50’s but is very active and healthy. Lyn is a great example of how being over 50 doesn’t have to slow you down.
“We want to support the over 50’s of our community and am hoping by giving them free access to the fitness centre and free information sessions throughout the month we can help them continue or start a healthy happy lifestyle.” says Lyn, “A healthy lifestyle is so important to the over 50’s age group and we can help you to either continue your fitness journey or start it. It is never too late to start and we can help you. The benefits are fantastic.”
“The gentleman in the photo is Rod Cawsey and he is one of our members.” says Tanya “I have also worked out our times for obligation free information sessions for anyone in the community to come up and listen to an experienced trainer and health educator, Mr Darren Wrigley, talk about how to establish or continue a healthy training schedule, what type of exercise is suited to this age group and how regularly they should be doing it and good nutrition.”
These talks will be held at 4:30pm and 6:30pm every Thursday night during May and 11am on Saturdays during May – no bookings required.