Positive ageing with exercise at 70 years old
COLIN Greaves, it must be said, is a glutton for punishment.
Not only does he commute to Sydney from his Central Coast home twice a week for archival work at the ABC, he also conducts group fitness classes at numerous locations throughout the region.
In fact at the age of 70 he's just chalked up 40 years as a fitness instructor including 20 on the Central Coast.
"It gets into your blood and we all need to keep fit," he said following another strenuous workout with 38 retired participants at Terrigal's 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre.
"To be honest it gives me so much joy to pass on my knowledge of fitness and, as we all know, as you age you need to keep active."
Mr Greaves' classes are not overly strenuous and suit people of all fitness levels.
He became genuinely interested in fitness at the age of 30 and says he has no intention of stopping.
"As long as I'm well and can still communicate with my classes, I will keep going."
Mr Greaves said the classes were not only about fitness and movement, but social interaction.
"People come to centres like Terrigal to talk to one another, exchange views, have a cup of coffee and of course stretch their limbs," he said.
"In the 20 years I have been here I have seen all types and I am so proud of their efforts," he said.
"Mind you, not all of them attend all of my classes here.
"It's a bit cyclic; when the weather gets cooler some stay away, when Christmas approaches they stay away, but when the weather warms up and they need to shed a few kilos they return.
"It's always been that way and probably always will be, but I'm glad they're doing something."
Terrigal 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre is one of several scattered across the Central Coast and is one of the largest.
For a small fee visitors can participate in such activities as bowls, cards, bridge, line dancing, painting, yoga, zumba and many more.
They celebrate Christmas and Melbourne Cup day with special events, host concerts and educational talks and help with tax form preparation.
The centres promote aging as a positive process through their activities and programs.
They acknowledge individual differences, support the potential for growth and challenge some of society's stereotypes around aging.
It also helps combat loneliness within the community.