89-year-old Carine woman still committed to weekly gym sessions


Dawn Cameron (Carine). Picture: Martin Kennealey d478550
Dawn Cameron (Carine). Picture: Martin Kennealey d478550

AT the age of 89, Dawn Cameron is proving you are never too old to keep fit.

Three days a week the Carine resident visits Warwick Women’s Workout where she spends up to two hours in the gym.

“I warm up first, then I complete the circuit four times,” she said.

Ms Cameron said she first started using a gym when she got her new hip.

“I was sent for exercise and I quite enjoyed it,” she said.

She started at a gym in Craigie, then moved to one in Beldon before she discovered Warwick Women’s Workout at Warwick Stadium, which she joined in August 2016.

“It’s fantastic because it’s ladies only and it’s a very, very nice gym,” she said.

“I go in the afternoon when it’s not as busy.”

She said she now “just likes exercising”.

“I’m now much stronger,” she said.

“I was getting very shaky and losing balance but my muscles have stopped me from having falls; I’ve managed to save myself from falling.

“My leg muscles have very much improved.”

She said she would recommend other seniors to exercise and “do it for yourself”.

“If I can do it, surely a lot of others can too,” she said.

“It’s just a case of getting started.

“I just book the time in to go to the gym and don’t book other things for that time; you work around it.”

Gym manager Michelle Monks said Ms Cameron was “an inspiration to others”.

“About to turn 90, this delightful woman has been working out at Warwick Women’s Workout for the last couple of years, improving her strength, balance and flexibility; all of this while making friendships and providing many laughs for members and staff alike,” she said.

“In recognition of her zest for life, we are granting her life membership because we couldn’t do without her.”

Ms Cameron was very grateful for the recognition.

“That is terrific,” she said.

Ms Cameron will celebrate her 90th birthday next month on a 12-day cruise from Sydney with all six of her children.

She will then spend a month in New Zealand with her four children that live there.

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