At the age of 90, grandfather Tony Carr has no intention of putting his feet up. Tony, who lives at Hagley Road Retirement Village in Edgbaston, Birmingham, goes to the gym there regularly and enjoys using the cycling machine, the rowing machine and the treadmill.
Tony, a widower, has enjoyed a lifetime of keeping fit and loves the sense of achievement that comes with being physically active. He is a former athlete and hockey player and was playing tennis until a few months ago.
He looks forward to going to the gym twice a week and says it is a good way of making friends. He also volunteers in the gym and the library, and teaches residents to play bridge.
‘There’s such a great atmosphere in the gym, with people encouraging each other,’ says Dan Height the fitness instructor at Hagley Road Village. ‘They really enjoy it. It’s a good laugh, a nice group and a great atmosphere.’
There are people in wheelchairs enjoying Tai Chi and Zumba classes at the village and residents who have had strokes taking part in circuit training. Dan says: ‘I try to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in some activity, whether that’s salsa classes, ballroom dancing, or walking.
‘I have adapted circuit training so there are chairs at every station and if people are unsteady they can sit down and do the exercise. In the gym there’s a machine designed mainly for wheelchair use. There are people coming to the gym who have never used a gym before.’
The gym also welcomes members over the age of 55 from the local community. Anyone interested in joining can call Dan Height at Hagley Road Retirement Village, Birmingham, on 0121 420 6000.