Pen­sioner, 79, says ex­er­cise has given her a new lease of life

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - Liz Perkins el­iz­a­[email protected]­

A PEN­SIONER who once re­lied on four pumps to help her breathe has turned to the gym to give her a new lease of life.

Kay Owen feared her health prob­lems were so bad she would end up hav­ing to use a mo­bil­ity scooter.

But in­stead of sit­ting back and let­ting that hap­pen, the 79-year-old signed up to Keri McKib­bin’s Per­sonal Train­ing Gym in Burry Port in a bid to trans­form her life.

Mrs Owen, who lives in the town, said: “I had a chronic and quite a se­ri­ous res­pi­ra­tory prob­lem.

“One day when I was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing par­tic­u­larly bad breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, I saw the red T-shirts of mem­bers of Ted’s Gym work­ing out on the hill in the town.

“Quite un­fit at the time and very breath­less, I felt a mo­bil­ity scooter may well be on the cards in the near fu­ture un­less I made a choice.”

She added: “I thought maybe I could join the gym and per­haps if I im­proved my health and fit­ness through ex­er­cise I would not need an aid to stay mo­bile.

“I ap­proached the owner and per­sonal trainer Keri McKib­bin who as­sured me, as he gave me an in­tro­duc­tion and run­down on the gym and its suc­cess, that he would de­vise a per­sonal pro­gramme which would for sure im­prove my health and there­fore my qual­ity of life.

“That was five years ago and I have never looked back. A huge thanks to Keri for his con­tin­ued be­lief and en­cour­age­ment.

“Apart from the ob­vi­ous ad­van­tages of reg­u­lar train­ing, there is won­der­ful ca­ma­raderie be­tween mem­bers and an amaz­ing sense of ‘gym fam­ily’ which is a wel­come bonus.

“Since I joined the gym and started work­ing out three to four times a week the hap­pi­ness I ex­pe­ri­ence through the health ben­e­fits is im­mea­sur­able. It has trans­formed my life and re­ally made a dif­fer­ence.”

Not only has she been able to trans­form her own health, but she has turned her ef­forts into a char­ity drive in aid of the UKbased char­ity, Smalls For All, which sends bras to poverty-stricken girls and young women to help pro­tect them against rape.

The gym trainer has al­lowed a bra bas­ket to be placed at the gym door and a to­tal of 200 bras have been col­lected to send off.

Mrs Owen said: “I’d like to take this op­por­tu­nity to say a huge and heart­felt thank you to all who have caught the vi­sion, and have given so gen­er­ously for this won­der­ful cause.

“There has been a real sense of com­mu­nity as we have worked to­gether col­lect­ing, pack­ing and post­ing the boxes off to Smalls For All. What a priv­i­lege it is to be a part of some­thing so worth­while.”

Keri Mckib­bin putting pen­sioner Kay Owen through her paces.

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