‘IT’S never too late’ is a motto that is certainly being put into practice by some of our residents, including those in their 90s.
Debbie Freeman has worked in the healthcare industry for the past 20 years and now runs small exercise classes called “Heartbeat” for seniors in Salamander Bay.
Debbie told News Of The Area that the benefits of ongoing exercise are overwhelming.
“There is significant scientific evidence that links regular physical activity with a wide range of physical and mental health benefits,” Debbie said.
“And yet, with all these benefits, over half of the Australian population fail to meet the recommended levels of physical activity and this figure is even greater among the older population.”
With such a large mature aged population in Port Stephens, it has never been more important for the residents and visitors of the area to exercise.
“But motivation can be difficult,” Debbie said.
Fitness classes provide a regular way to help prevent and manage health conditions, but also provide a fun and social atmosphere.
“It’s about having fun, having a laugh and meeting new people, while getting fit.”
“The exercises are gentle and respect that people with health conditions can benefit greatly from attendance,” Debbie said.
The classes are open to males and females of any age (but specifically cater to the over 50s and those with or at risk of chronic conditions).
“It doesn’t matter how fit (or unfit!) you are. Even if you have never exercised, you can come along to a Heartbeat class,” Debbie said.
The classes are conducted in the Tomaree Library and Community Centre every Thursday at 8am and 9am.
Cost is $7 per class and there are no membership fees.
Debbie welcomes any enquiries about her BayFit Heartbeat classes by calling her on 0490 190 284 or by email: info@BayFit.net.au.
By Jo FINN