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Retired school teacher Mel Taylor is encouraging woman of all ages to get active.

Thursday 11 April

Retired school teacher Mel Taylor said her decision to take up group exercise late last year has made an incredible impact on her health and wellbeing.

While she was a regular walker, she was keen to push herself into something a bit different, despite being a little tentative to join an exercise class.

“I don’t mind saying that I was a bit scared before going the first time,” she said.

“What surprised me more than anything was how much fun it was – we had a laugh and it certainly motivated me to keep going.”
Since October last year Mel has regularly attended a PowerBar class, which includes a full-body workout choreographed to high energy music.

“I just joined in and gave it my best,” she said.

“I felt the benefits quite quickly. Along with the physical and mental benefits, being more active has given me a bit more razz to get things done!

“It helped me to realise that no matter what age you are, you can still try new things and get better through regular practice. Things that seem almost impossible can be achieved, even if they need to be modified.”

Mel’s pre-existing shoulder injury meant that small changes were made to her exercises by her trainer Mandy. This helped to avoid further injury and build strength.

Mel has since added a Rebalance class to her regular activities, which incorporates elements of Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates.
“I’ve got a whole new social network through the classes, which was evident from the first day,” said Mel.

“Everyone was so welcoming and encouraging and sharing their own experience.

“There was no judgement and despite my nervousness it’s been wonderful.

Mel said that she had participated in group activities before, but not for some time.

“It took me a while to go along. One of the biggest barriers was turning up for the first time, but I had reached the stage where I wanted to do it for me,” she said.

“One of the things that I’ve learned is that we all have physical, emotional and time barriers, but don’t make a million excuses. Just get out there and try! With a ‘can do’ attitude you’ll be amazed at how often you will succeed and how fabulous you will feel!”

Feel like trying out something different? Mount Alexander Shire Council is offering a free session of Powerbar and Rebalance for women in support of VicHealth’s initiative This Girl Can – Victoria.

The class is run by Mandy at Castlemaine Group Fitness Classes.

Free sessions:

• Power Bar: 9.15am – 10.15am, Tuesday 23 April, Scout Hall, 16 Reckleben Street

• Rebalance: 10.20am – 10.50am, Tuesday 23 April, Scout Hall, 16 Reckleben Street

There are many other free and low cost exercise activities planned in April and May as part of the initiative. Find out more on Council’s Facebook page or visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/ThisGirlCan.

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