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Marie and Sharon in the Health Studio 50+ Glenelg

A Lifelong Journey of Health and Friendship:

An Interview with Marie and Sharon

In a heartwarming interview, we sit down with Marie, a vibrant eighty-year-old, and her daughter Sharon, who is sixty, to discuss their unique bond and dedication to health and wellbeing.

Through their inspiring journey, they’ve discovered the importance of staying active, both physically and mentally, and the transformative power of perseverance.

Q: Marie, can you tell us about the special bond you share with Sharon?

Marie: Absolutely. Sharon and I aren’t just mother and daughter; we’re more like friends. We engage in numerous activities together and see each other frequently. It’s wonderful to have such a close connection with my daughter.

Q: Marie, you’ve mentioned that you’ve had quite a journey when it comes to your health. Could you share some of your experiences?

Marie: Of course. I’ve been through a lot in my life. I have five children, but I lost one to cancer. I’ve also been married twice. My first husband passed away at 51 due to complications from high cholesterol. To stay fit and enjoy my family, I’ve always prioritised taking care of my health. I’m blessed with 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Q: It’s evident that health is a priority for both of you. Marie, can you tell us how you discovered the importance of exercise and staying active?

Marie: After some injuries, I faced some difficulties. That’s when I started swimming and it was recommended to me to join ACH Group Health Studio 50+ at Glenelg. Not only does it keep you fit, but you also get to know people, and it’s refreshing to get out of the house and engage in such activities. I suggested to Sharon that she should join, but initially, she had reservations.

Q: Sharon, can you share your thoughts on joining the Health Studio 50+?

Sharon: At first, I wasn’t sure about it. I did some pilates at home, but sometimes it’s easy to slack off when you’re at home. Seeing how happy Mum was with her new routine, I decided to give it a try. I now go twice a week, and it has significantly improved my balance.

Marie and Sharon exercising at Health Studio 50+ Glenelg, with Scott, Fitness Leader Health Wellness
Sharon and Marie at the Health Studio 50+ Glenelg with Scott, Fitness Leader

Q: Balance seems to be a crucial aspect of your wellbeing journey. Can you both talk more about its importance?

Marie: Absolutely. At our ages, balance is vital for staying active and preventing injuries. I’ve noticed a remarkable difference in my balance and overall well-being since starting these exercises.

 Sharon: Yes, balance is critical, especially when you’ve had injuries. These exercises have been a game-changer, and they help us feel younger and more confident. When I do classes, I feel different. My whole body feels different.

Q: You both mentioned the progress you’ve made and how it’s assessed. How is this incorporated into your exercise program?

Marie: The assessment is very important because how else would you improve?

Sharon: It makes a big difference. I walk so much better, I push myself. You just don’t know until you start.

Q: How do you manage to stay motivated to exercise regularly?

Marie: I plan my activities and social life around my visits to the Health Studio. It’s become a habit, and it’s crucial when you’ve experienced the loss of loved ones at a young age. You realise the importance of taking care of yourself. It’s harder when you’re older because your age is against you; it’s harder to stay motivated.

Sharon: I’ve come to love our exercise routine. It’s my time to focus on myself and my health. Mum has always been there for me, and her encouragement keeps me going.

Q: Marie, you’ve mentioned the role of exercise in managing stress. Can you elaborate on that?

Marie: When life throws challenges at you, you have to take action. I always say, ‘get off your butt’ and do something. Exercise has been a lifeline for me in managing stress.

Sharon: It’s exercise, but also mindfulness and meditation. Going for a walk, appreciating what you have, be in the moment. When my younger sister passed away, it was very hard. We were very close.

Marie and Sharon having fun at Health Studio 50+ Glenelg. It's a balancing act!
Life is a balancing act and it's important to prioritise your health

Q: It’s clear that both of you have benefited greatly from this fitness journey. Can you share any advice for those looking to prioritise their health?

Sharon: Don’t wait to start. Find a routine that works for you and stick with it.

Marie: And never underestimate the importance of a good doctor. Regular check-ups and assessments are essential. Remember, if you don’t look after yourself, you won’t be able to look after anyone else.

Q: As we wrap up, what’s next on your health and wellbeing journey?

Marie: We plan to continue our exercise routines, explore meditation, and even indulge in some travel to Darwin or Kangaroo Island. We understand the significance of family happiness, and we’re committed to enjoying every moment.

Sharon: Our goal is to become better versions of ourselves and savour life’s joys. We both enjoy the beach, and staying active, mum loves gardening. We’re fortunate to have each other’s support on this journey.

In this inspiring interview, Marie and Sharon remind us that age should never be a barrier to good health and that the key to a fulfilling life lies in taking care of ourselves, staying active, and nurturing the bonds of family and friendship.

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