Over-65s case studies
Meet our over 65 health ambassadors who are championing health and fitness in Haringey. Residents aged 65 and over can benefit from free gym sessions at Haringey leisure centres.
Ros Townsend, 70 - Hornsey
Ros quickly became a Park Road leisure centre regular after moving to Haringey four years ago. No stranger to exercise, keep-fit veteran Ros likes to stay in shape by combining walking with gym sessions – she takes a brisk 15-minute walk to Park Road where she works out on the cycle machine, cross trainer and treadmill.
“I used to smoke when I was younger and I gave up smoking nearly 20 years ago now. Since I began exercising, I’ve got more stamina and much more lung capacity. So I would say my health has improved enormously.”
John Hadley, 72 - Noel Park
After suffering a heart attack more than 20 years ago, John was referred to the gym for recuperation. Since then, he has gone on to become a champion of fitness for the over-65s.
The hardest part of recovery for John – who was wary of heavy lifting and running – was convincing himself he could do anything in the gym. After being forced to run to catch a bus for his hospital appointment, he realised there was nothing to fear. John uses all gym equipment apart from the very heavy weights, and varies his routine every few weeks.
“If you want to get fit then you’ve got all the equipment here rather than having to buy your own. You can meet people and have a chat in between doing some exercises.”
Barry and Dot Collins, 76 and 75 - Hornsey
Married couple Barry and Dot have lived very active lives since deciding to get fit following the deaths of both of their fathers at a relatively early age. They have been members of Park Road leisure centre for ten years and take part in many activities, which have helped to significantly improve their stamina.
Dot enjoys working out on the cycle machines and leg press, and even uses the weights. Barry likes to stay in shape using the cycle machines, swimming, the cross trainer and the treadmill.
“I think it’s a good thing for when you retire because it gets you out and active. It motivates you to be active really and you meet other people.”
“It makes you feel good afterwards. It becomes addictive.”
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