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Ron's going with the strength

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Ron's going with the strength
Published 24 November 2016
A group of Playford residents are taking #Smarthealth to the limits through an innovative strength training program being undertaken at the Aquadome in Elizabeth.

A group of Playford residents are taking #Smarthealth to the limits through an innovative strength training program being undertaken at the Aquadome in Elizabeth.

Ron Deguet has found a new lease on life through the Strength for Life program with the YMCA at the Aquadome. When Ron Deguet retired he found life was just passing him by from his couch, his lifestyle revolving around reading the newspaper and watching television.

Ron, 70, wasn’t involved in any social groups or clubs and his health was suffering as a result.

With high blood pressure and cholesterol and increasing weight a problem, Ron’s GP suggested he get involved with the Strength for Life program run by the YMCA at Elizabeth’s Aquadome.

The benefits for the Elizabeth Grove-based former painter have been immense, not only improving his health, but also helping him develop a tight-knit social circle.

His doctor is also delighted by the results.

“My doctor’s as happy as pig in mud, right now,” Ron laughed.

YMCA health and wellness co-ordinator Locky Haynes said the Strength for Life program has been developed for over 50s.

He said strength training, which utilises stretching and gym equipment, can alleviate the effects of chronic conditions such as arthritis, type-2 diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease.

It can also improve balance, body composition, lower-back pain and can help participants to maintain an independent lifestyle.

Tailored programsThe training sessions last for about an hour and feature individually tailored programs created by exercise physiologists.

The Y hosts two classes a week for over 50s and Locky said he has seen positive stories emerge from the group, with many of the members never having previously engaged in physical activities.

“We’ve got a client with MS who couldn’t do this without a walker and his overall quality of life has improved as much as it can,” Locky said.

“One of our clients also overcame vertigo through the training.”

The group has formed a strong commitment to each other, with members helping their friends attend appointments and complete home duties.

“There’s a real sense of camaraderie that has developed, with participants helping each other out,” Ron said.

“When we started this, we wanted to create a community but this sort of stuff we never thought would happen,” Locky added.

The Strength for Life program operates on Tuesday and Thursday (11:30am to 12:30pm).

For more information about the Elizabeth Aquadome’s YMCA Strength for Life program, contact locky.haynes@ymca.org.au