Keep­ing fit, hav­ing fun at fit­ness club

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Mak­ing friends, keep­ing fit and hav­ing a laugh is what ex­er­cise group Young at Heart is all about.

The group of se­niors meets twice a week at the Piron­gia Com­mu­nity Chapel on Crozier St.

Norma Clev­erly-Tu­atara of­fi­cially runs the class but says it’s a group ef­fort.

Young at Heart does a va­ri­ety of car­dio ex­er­cises and weights for about 45 min­utes.

“It’s a fun and so­cial class suit­able for begin­ners,” Norma says.

“It’s all in­clu­sive and no­body judges each other.”

Norma says it’s im­por­tant for se­niors to keep fit.

“The older we get the more im­por­tant it is to keep up flex­i­bil­ity and fit­ness.”

The group has been meet­ing for the last two and a half years and in that time mem­bers have be­come in­creas­ingly strong and flex­i­ble.

The twice-weekly class is a de­cent work­out — but the so­cial­is­ing is just as im­por­tant, Norma says.

Ev­ery third Fri­day the group goes out for cof­fee af­ter the class.

“I just love the in­ter­ac­tions,” Norma says.

“Some of the mem­bers live alone, so the com­pan­ion­ship is so im­por­tant.”

En­try is $2 to cover the cost of hir­ing the build­ing. Ex­cess money goes to­wards ex­er­cise equip­ment which Norma sources from lo­cal op shops.

Young at Heart meets at the Piron­gia Com­mu­nity Chapel on Crozier St on Wed­nes­days and Fri­days at 9.15am.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Norma on 027 389 4874.

Photo / Bethany Rolston

Young at Heart does a va­ri­ety of car­dio ex­er­cises and weights for about 45 min­utes.

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