The secret to staying in good health according to an 89-year-old woman from Mablethorpe is daily visits to her local fitness centre.
Sheila Gooding, who will celebrate her 90th birthday next month, puts her youthful outlook and increased fitness levels down to being a member of the East Lindsey District Council-run Station Fitness Centre in Mablethorpe.
Each week she visits the centre four times, each time spending three hours on the treadmill, rowing machine, hand cycle, exercise bike and cross trainer.
She first joined the centre six years ago following two hip replacement operations.
To regain movement in her joints her doctor referred her to the District Council’s HEELERS scheme, a 12 week programme working in conjunction with the council’s health trainers to introduce people to the positive health benefits of exercise and diet.
Sheila explained: “After the operations I had reduced mobility in my hips and had to start using a tri-walker. I hated it and the first time I went out I disguised myself with a hat and scarf.
“Coming to the Station Sports Centre helps me keep active and stops the stiffness. And, it’s not just the gym, it’s the staff too, they are all lovely – every one of them, from the health trainers to the cleaner, we all have a good laugh.”
Over the Christmas period Sheila had a two week break from her fitness routine and found that she was starting to loose mobility in her hips and was struggling to get out of bed. After returning to the Station Sports Centre again she found the mobility soon returned.
Sheila, who has two children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, added: “My children are very supportive and say I don’t look my age – they put it down to the leisure centre, so do I, but I put it down to all the laughing that I do there.”
The Council’s portfolio holder for culture, leisure and tourism, Coun Adam Grist, added: “Sheila is a fantastic example of how older people can benefit from an active lifestyle. At nearly 90 years old she has the fitness regime of someone half her age which is an amazing achievement.”