FREMANTLE’S Penelope Lane got hooked on keep-fit after taking up swimming while six months pregnant with her first child in the 1980s.
Swimming led to gym workouts at the height of the aerobics craze.
“In those days it was leotards and Olivia Newton-John,” she laughs.
Bitten by the bug, she signed up for Perth’s first boot camp and went on to become a fitness trainer.
Last year, aged 61, she ran in her first half marathon in the HBF Run for a Reason.
As a clinical psychologist, fitness trainer and mindfulness practitioner, Miss Lane knows the importance of the mind-body connection.
And with a personal history of mental and chronic health issues, she wanted to create a program for 40-60 year olds.
“It is more than just changing your physical fitness or diet, but also addresses the crucial psychological aspect of health.”
In March she’s set to launch MaKE my Health Program, an acronym for mindful awareness, (self) kindness and exercise.
Physical activity declines by as much as a half as we age, Miss Lane says.
“Just one in 10 Australians over the age of 50 exercise enough to gain any cardiovascular benefit.”
An ageing population means more people living longer with ongoing physical and mental health issues and chronic diseases, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
“I want to inspire people over the age of 40 to see the amazing health benefits that exercise combined with mindfulness provides, and to show that getting fit is achievable at all ages and stages of life.
“It also doesn’t mean you have to join a gym or do exercises you will hate – it can be fun, interesting and change your life.”
For more information on her upcoming Fremantle classes or to book go to makemyhealth.com.au or call Miss Lane on 0497 289 817.