PLAYING FOR KEEPS: Personal trainer David Anvari, of Anytime Fitness Springfield Lakes, with his seniors club members, Kel Doran (front), and (rear from left) Doreen Kirkpatrick, Ron James, Cheryl Edwards, Carolyn Best and Eileen Doran.
PLAYING FOR KEEPS: Personal trainer David Anvari, of Anytime Fitness Springfield Lakes, with his seniors club members, Kel Doran (front), and (rear from left) Doreen Kirkpatrick, Ron James, Cheryl Edwards, Carolyn Best and Eileen Doran. David Nielsen

Seniors get fit for life with free over 50s fitness club

WHEN Carolyn Best turned 75, she wasn't going to let osteoporosis stop her in her tracks.

She joined the gym and is now part of a new group of Springfield seniors improving their quality of life one barbell at a time.

"I just turned 75 and decided I didn't want to get left behind," Mrs Best said.

The free fitness club for over 50s is offered by Anytime Fitness Springfield Lakes and run by personal trainer and nutritionist David Anvari.

He said keeping active in your senior years was key to preventing age-related illnesses like heart disease or osteoporosis.

"Bone density through strength training is vital for good health and this message is so important in the sedentary lifestyle most of us lead these days," he said.

"Many seniors don't realise how easy it can be to strengthen their bodies and increase their flexibility thereby increasing their energy dramatically."

Each fortnight the group of 15 are put through their paces, receiving advice on exercise techniques and healthy eating.

"We always start with cardio, then do a mixture of interval training, using the machines, free weights and circuit work," Mr Anvari said.

He said the club was run during the day when the gym was mostly quiet and was an opportunity for members to make new friends.

"We've all got to know each other and have a coffee together afterwards," Mr Anvari said.

Mrs Best said working out had given her the confidence, energy and the inspiration to take on other things in life.

"I feel as though I am doing something for myself."

The club is held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 10.30am at Anytime Fitness Springfield Lakes.

For more information contact David Anvari on 0413 838 881 or send him an email at springfield@anytimefitness.com.au.

HEALTH FACTS

  • One in two women and one in four men over the age of 60 will suffer osteoporosis in their lifetime.
  • Cardiovacular disease kills one Australian every 12 minutes.


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