Lesley Walker is one of thousands of Victorians getting Active this April. Lesley won a free membership at her local Northcote YMCA centre, the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre, from participating in Active April last year. We touched base to hear how Active April is re-motivating her this year…
WHY DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH YMCA’s PREMIER’S ACTIVE APRIL?
My introduction to Active April came through my step-daughter. She is on top of social media. She let us know that by registering with Active April, we could get some free admissions to our local YMCA.
She knew that her dad and I were going fairly regularly to the Northcote YMCA on a casual basis, so the free sessions were a real incentive to ramp up our efforts.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING INVOLVED IN ACTIVE APRIL?
We enjoyed both the money we saved doing something we knew was valuable and also the chance to see a different gym from the one we usually went to.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE WAYS TO KEEP ACTIVE?
In the past I have kept active through using a bike as my main mode of travel. For years I have used a year-long, 25-swim pass to keep me somewhat motivated to get to the pool.
Currently my husband and I are going to the gym twice a week. (I’d like to go more frequently but we have our granddaughter two days a week too. Sometimes we take her to the pool but the gym isn’t that easy with a three-year old.)
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO REGULARLY GET TO YOUR LOCAL YMCA CENTRE? WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY THERE?
Motivation comes from feeling the benefits. A friend observed the other day that I was looking ‘toned’. My husband also says he’s seeing muscles that weren’t there before. My calves, bum and arms are definitely less floppy than they used to be.
I have also found lots of other gym members are helpful and have met some in places like the local market since and engaged in pleasant conversation.
WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR OTHER SENIORS TO KEEP THEIR BODIES MOVING EVERY DAY?
I would encourage everyone to walk in their community. I have a dog and that helps but being in the street, or park, is uplifting and has the additional benefit of keeping you stronger.
I love my bike and would also recommend that as a fantastic way to avoid the stress of traffic and clear your head.
WILL YOU REGISTER AGAIN FOR PREMIER’S ACTIVE APRIL IN 2019?
I think I might do Active April again and have told heaps of people about it. My hairdresser thinks it sounds terrific.
It is interesting and encouraging to see other regular gym users, from the super athletic to the blind man who seems to be there every day. Because the exercise, yoga class or swim is free you can also stop on the way home for a completely guilt-free coffee and cake, especially if the cake is protein-rich. Absolutely win-win.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FITNESS GOALS FOR 2019?
I have completed three different exercise programs now and am stronger by the end of each one. I want to continue to improve both my cardio and weights performances and hope to include a few more classes, such as body balance, as well as getting back into the pool.
So that’s my story. It has been, and continues to be, terrific fun.
YMCA is a proud partner of Premier’s Active April, because we believe that encouraging Victorians to get more exercise every day is a worthy goal. Sign up to Premier’s Active April to track your physical activity together as a family through the month of April. It’s free to sign up and there are lots of offers and prizes, including a Recreation 10 Visit Pass Card to use at your local YMCA centre.