Se­niors who work out say it’s never too late to get in shape, keep healthy

Cape Breton Post - - WEEKEND -

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.”

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