ROCKINGHAM resident Arthur Johnston used to find tying his shoe laces a difficult task.
Since starting the Rockingham HBF fitness sessions a year ago, the 84-year-old former boiler maker can now go for a jog.
“A while ago I couldn’t tie my laces up or put my socks on independently but after joining fitness in the park it has given me fitness and flexibility,” he said.
“It has given me back some self esteem and I can reach down and do my laces up now so I thought I would extend to Run for a Reason.
“I’ve never looked back since and I really enjoy the sessions.”
The eight-week fitness program runs three times a year in spring, summer and autumn.
Mr Johnston said he started the sessions to meet new people.
“When you live by yourself it can be lonely,” he said.
“I have a family and grandchildren, but when you’re at the sessions you’re all exercising together which is nice.”
The new season of HBF Fitness would cater to individuals of a range of fitness levels including beginner, intermediate and advanced.
HBF fitness trainer Luke Dimasi said he would encourage everyone who has registered for the HBF Run for a Reason to take advantage of the HBF fitness sessions.
“It’s a fun and dynamic way to exercise, no matter what your age or fitness level,” he said.
“The one hour sessions that we run at HBF will keep you accountable, help you to make friends in your local area, and give you expert advice in a non-judgemental environment.
Mr Johnston said he will put his fitness skills to the test this year when he takes part in the HBF 4km fun run by himself.
“I’ll be walking but it will still be a challenge,” he said.
The Rockingham HBF fitness sessions will be held at Village Lane on Saturdays at 7.30am from April 3.