Fitness classes encourage strength and confidence
AT the age of 58, Peta Green understands the pressure that comes with this stage of life. But her own life, along with those of a happy group of older Brisbane women, proves there's a way to handle the ups and downs with a smile on your face.
On the one hand, Peta acknowledges you may be juggling full or part-time work, still have kids at home, or be making an effort for playtime with a fabulous bunch of grandkids. Additionally, you may be supporting elderly parents. All of this at a time when your body is losing the buoyancy of youth and likely gaining a few extra aches, pains and weight.
As the mother of a blended family including 13 grandchildren, living on a farm and leading her healthy lifestyle community, she too wanted to feel strong and healthy enough to enjoy her life.
Peta said she had witnessed the challenges her own mother faced as she aged, and firmly believed that better health would support a happier lifestyle.
Some 14-years-ago, Peta began to put her beliefs into action. She achieved qualifications in fitness, nutrition and change management as well as gaining a Certificate iv in fitness and a variety of other related subjects. She went on to channel this knowledge into the "Strong Healthy Women - designing better lives" community, a place and space where women over 50 could gather to learn new ways to improve their lives through exercise, sharing and caring.
Peta's passion for coaching and supporting women of her generation has seen the group continue and these days Strong, Healthy Women meet three times a week at the church hall at Middle Park.
She said she had developed a fitness program based around strength and flexibility.
"The foundation of all those things that keep you moving," she said.
Importantly, Peta takes a holistic approach to health, so it is natural the exercise classes extend to the creation of a place where women can connect and feel safe just simply being themselves.
Peta said her rewards come as she watched women gain strength and confidence through the program. At the moment, the oldest participant is 83 years old.
Four times a year, social events such as a morning tea are organised featuring a guest speaker, and monies raised are donated to various charities.
"It's my way of giving back," Peta said.
You can find out more about Strong, Healthy Women at: stronghealthywomen.com.au.