Exercising Today for Benefits in the Future
Maryse Dawson, 67, is so committed to her exercise program that she is already thinking more than a decade into the future.
“I hope I can do this in my ‘80s. If something happened and I could not come to the gym anymore, I would find it very hard to cope,” says Maryse.
Maryse’s passion for exercise was ignited two years ago when she became a Pryme Mover member at YMCA’s Cardinia LiFE in Pakenham.
Since starting her membership Maryse barely misses a day of exercise and definitely has her favorite classes that she always attends.
Maryse particularly enjoys the Strong Movers class, which is a strength training class designed specifically for older adults.
She also enjoys water aerobics classes called Aqua Movers, and laughs that she moves so fast in the water that the other participants are wary of going next to her as they cannot keep up.
Gym workouts and walking are also part of Maryse’s regular exercise program.
After many years of active work including being a train conductor, Maryse suffered some back and shoulder pain as well as being diagnosed with Osteo Arthritis and a liver condition.
“I don’t have the back or shoulder pain anymore, I think it is because I do weights now, and the arthritis doesn’t bother me either,” said Maryse.
“I also suffer from bad hay fever, and Spring is very bad for me. Most days I cannot walk because I cannot breathe in the pollen. Then I came here (to Cardinia LiFE), and I thought, well, I am indoors, I can do all of this.”
On a nice day, Maryse will walk from her house to Cardinia LiFE and continue her exercise once she is there.
The only regret for Maryse is that she did not start exercising earlier in her life.
“I don’t think I’m too old now, but I do think I should have started a long time ago. I really enjoy it, I’m hoping I will enjoy it in my 70’s still,” says Maryse.
Through exercise, Maryse has watched some weight drop off. She has also benefited from gaining muscle which has improved her strength, posture, and fitness.
For those who are hesitant about starting an exercise program or joining a gym, Maryse has advice to offer.
“Don’t worry to come and do the gym, everybody is welcome there. Everyone is so friendly, I remember when I first came I was a bit shy, and then one lady asked me what my name was and then we become close friends,” said Maryse.