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Never too late to ‘try out’ the gym

28 Jan 2015

A New Year’s resolution to improve health and fitness led to Lynette Hawkes, a 62 year old retired school teacher from Hamilton, walking in to a gym for the very first time in her life.

A year later, she says becoming a member at UniRec is one of the best decisions she’s ever made, improving not just her physical and mental health, but her social life as well.

“I’ve always led an active lifestyle but when I retired I had more time on my hands. To be honest, I was dubious about walking in to UniRec because I had always believed that gyms were scary places, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.

“This year I’ve learnt it’s not only improved my health, but it’s a great way to stay connected to people of all ages.  It’s become a vital part of my lifestyle with so many bonuses, I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Lynette says.

Leading an active lifestyle, Lynette always believed it was better to do “real” sporting activities such as tennis, tramping and cycling. However, the positive impact her regular workouts have had, especially on her favourite activities, has pleasantly surprised her.

“I come in three times a week to complete my programme and especially enjoy the cross trainer and rowing machine. The major benefit is that my balance has improved; I really feel the difference when I’m playing tennis or out in the bush tramping. My muscle tone has also improved and now I have a flat tummy,” Lynette says.

Lynette still gets together with friends to play tennis or go tramping, but says the flexibility of being able to go to the gym at a time that suits or when the weather is bad gives her the freedom to choose.

These days UniRec is the opposite of scary, with its supportive atmosphere and encouraging staff adding another social dimension to her life. The best part is that many of Lynette’s friends have already told her they’re set to join her in 2015 after they too retire.