Ninety-year-old woman reveals why she visited the same gym for 37 years – and her secret to keeping fit
- Valda Swindells, from Cheltenham, Victoria, is an avid gym visitor at the age of 90
- She went to Goodlife gyms in 1983, aged 53, after her husband died
- The lively woman has been doing aqua aerobics for 30 years
- She can no longer drive, but orders a taxi to go to the gym twice a week
A ninety-year-old woman who has attended the same gym for 37 years has revealed why aqua aerobics is her favorite way to stay fit.
Valda Swindells, based in Cheltenham, Victoria, joined for the first time Good life fitness club in 1983, 52 years old, after the death of her husband.
“I wanted to stay fit and active … and I also liked aerobics in general,” the cheerful woman told FEMAIL.
“I’m still here, so I must have done something right. I have maintained Aqua aerobics for the last 30 years. In the past, they also offered night classes. “
Valda Swindells, based in Cheltenham, Victoria, first joined Goodlife fitness club in 52, after her death, when her husband died (on the right, pictured with her friend Barbara)
Where Valda went to the training facility four times a week, she has now reduced it to two days and plays golf in her spare time.
And although physical activity is her top priority, she also goes along for socializing between other members, such as her best friend Barbara, who has been registered for 30 years.
“I like to come to my class, but also the coffee and chat I get afterwards,” she said.
“I just love the company of my aqua ladies and the class is so much fun.”
Valda has been to the gym 848 times in the last 10 years and she has no intention of ‘pulling’ out of the pool.
In the past 10 years, Valda (on the right) has been to the gym 848 times and she does not intend to “withdraw” from the pool
‘I can’t drive anymore, but that didn’t stop me. I’m taking a taxi here two days a week, “she said.
Her advice to younger users of the gym is to continue even if you feel that you have no energy to push yourself.
“I know it’s hard when you have young children or when people pass by, believe me, I know. But things come and go and you always have to make time for yourself, “she said.
‘Exercise will always be there for you. And I am grateful to have met my dear friends who have come to the gym with me for the past 30 years. “