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I’m up early and usually the first in the gym, at 8am. I like the cycling, the treadmill, the rowing machine and the weights.

Barry Wilcox

Hagley Road Village

Meet Hagley Road Village resident, Barry!

Barry Wilcox lives at Hagley Road Village in Birmingham and uses the Village gym regularly.

He says: “I’m up early and usually the first in the gym, at 8am. I like the cycling, the treadmill, the rowing machine and the weights.

“I didn’t use a gym until I moved to the Village in March this year. I’d watch television in the mornings instead. But now I’m a volunteer in the gym, I like going and I like the benefits I get from it. I can see that the flabby bits are going, I don’t get out of breath so much and I’m generally more active.

“I try to walk to town at least once a week and that takes me about 45 minutes.

“I’m eating more healthily too. I used to be a chauffeur, and eat convenience food. I’d grab a McDonald’s because I had to get something to eat quickly. Now I only have red meat once a week and I eat a lot of raw food like hummus with carrot dips and green peppers, and salad in the evening. I do still have the occasional treat, like a bacon sandwich on a Sunday morning or a glass of red wine when we go to bingo.

“I feel healthy. There isn’t anything I can’t do.

“Old age really hasn’t hit me.”

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