THE Echuca War Memorial Aquatic Centre is touting a massive success after its recently introduced seniors membership has seen more than 150 new members sign up.
To celebrate this, as part of the Seniors Week festivities, the centre is offering free senior classes, including chair, water and health club programs.
The programs, which run from Monday, October 9, to Friday, October 13, allows seniors to try out everything the centre has to offer, without the commitment of a membership.
The water-based classes provide a well-balanced workout which improves physical fitness, aerobic endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, mobility and balance, as well as being stimulating and fun.
The senior’s gym offers specialised gym programs targeting specific health and wellness goals.
Member Mike Bruty said becoming a member in 1997 was the reason he continued living an active lifestyle.
Suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Mr Bruty said regular exercise was a key method to control the progression of the disease.
‘‘I’ve exercised all my life; I started jogging in my school days. I’ve been going to the gym for the last 20 years almost continuously,’’ he said.
‘‘Then seven years ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s so I decided it was time to step up the exercise.
‘‘There’s only been a slight decline over the seven years and I attribute the fact that it’s so slow to everything I’ve done fitness wise.’’
Mr Bruty is confident the illness won’t affect his life.
‘‘The diagnosis was disheartening, but it’s Parkinson’s so you get the opportunity to manage it well and to try and keep it under control,’’ he said.
‘‘I workout under programs from gym instructors and they change regularly. It’s a real help to have someone to work with you through everything.
‘‘I also keep active with gardening. We’ve got a reasonable garden and with Parkinson’s, it’s all about keeping active — both mentally and physically.’’
For information about the Seniors Week activities, contact Echuca War Memorial Aquatic Centre on 54802995 or visit www.campaspeaquatics .com.au/aqua/ewmac