Lakelands aerobics revolution spearheaded by 70-year-old former librarian

Marianna Jensen. Picture: Jon Hewson
Marianna Jensen. Picture: Jon Hewson

THERE is an aerobics revolution happening in Lakelands and at the forefront is a 70-year-old former librarian.

Twice a week, Marianna Jensen leads a band of followers through energetic aerobics routines at Peel Limited’s over-55s lifestyle village Lattitude Lakelands clubrooms.

Ms Jensen’s aerobophiles are not just keeping participants fit and healthy, they are helping others in the community.

Ms Jenson does not accept payment for leading the class, instead she asks participants to donate a gold coin for charity.

More than $3800 has been raised for beneficiaries such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Cancer Council, the Heart Foundation, the Leukaemia Foundation and more.

Ms Jenson said she had been into fitness since childhood and has enjoyed gymnastics, badminton and ballroom dancing.

Ms Jenson has been practicing aerobics for 30 years.

“For a healthy body and mind, it’s important to keep the moving parts moving,” she said.

Ms Jenson said age was no barrier to being fit and healthy.

“We’ve got one chap in his 80s who’s brilliant,” she enthused.

The popular twice-weekly sessions attract up to 30 residents – men and women – with ages ranging from 60 to 80.

“My class is not for slack people,” she said.

“We work hard at our fitness, as we should.”