With 1.4 billion people in the world not getting enough exercise according to a recent study, it’s no wonder that diabetes, cancer and depression are reportedly on the rise. Marian Finucane was joined by an inspirational panel of fitness enthusiasts to show us how it’s done.
Fitness guru Pat Henry says there’s no excuse to get out of shape just because you’re over a certain age.
“I think the biggest mistake people make is that after 40 years of age they can’t exercise and that’s just total nonsense. We’ve people in the gym between 40 and 75 and they’re in fantastic shape.”
No need for fancy gym memberships though. Pat says the most beneficial training you can possibly do is weight-based routines and they can even be done at home.
“If you take 30 minutes a day, three times a week to do a good exercise programme, and then the opposite days then go walking maybe 4 miles and try and target your sessions for one hour and that will increase every energy that you need to increase for your lifestyle.”
Teacher Melanie McInerney took an unconventional path back to exercise and decided ballet was the activity for her. She had lost her mojo, as she put it, in her 20’s and 30’s, and let her beloved ballet go but 20 years later she decided to take action against depression and thus a dancing star was born.
“The reason it works for me is not because I have to do the exercise and not because it helps the depression, it’s just the buzz that you get with being with the right people.”
If you think developing a powerful exercise routine in your 40’s is impressive, then you haven’t seen anything yet. Tennis champ June-Anne Byrne is off to Croatia this month to play in the World singles competition. Oh yeah, and she’s 85 years of age.
“I’ll play with anyone, I’ll encourage anyone… You feel great after a game of tennis. There are’s levels for everybody… People say to me, do you get nervous? I am so happy that people invite me to play. Do you realise I’ll be on a lovely court with 6 brand new tennis balls, an umpire, ball boys – it’s really living the grand life!”
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