Seniors who work out say it’s never too late to get in shape, keep healthy
DEER LAKE, N.L. (CP) — Harry Osmond expertly pulls himself up to the ceiling of the fitness centre. He does his repetitions and finishes hardly out of breath.
Osmond is 72 years old and loves every crunch, pump and pull of his workout.
“I do back, shoulders, legs, biceps and triceps mainly,” he said.
Osmond said he routinely gets to the Deer Lake Fitness Centre at about 7:45 a.m. and does a two-hour workout. But this lifestyle has not always been the way for Osmond. He started attending the gym and being active when he was 66.
“It’s never too late. It’s a wonderful thing, especially for me. It gives me a chance to get out and meet some people, get some exercise. It’s good physically and mentally,” he said.
He said a friend told him about the gym, which Osmond didn’t know was in town. He tried it out once and was hooked.
“I really enjoy all the different exercises. It keeps you in shape. It’s definitely easier to come now and the exercises are easier. Once you get to know what you like, you pick up different routines and tips,” said Osmond.
Rob Garnier started the Deer Lake Fitness Centre about 13 years ago. He said he is in awe when he sees seniors like Feltham come to the facility multiple times a week for their workouts.
“It’s amazing to see. It’s amazing to see anyone, but when you get to be a senior, that’s amazing to see,” he said. “It’s never too late to start a program. The benefits are not just physical. It’s the mental aspect. This place is not your average gym. Sometimes it can be almost like a social club and it’s very special with the older crowd.”