Gwynedd is hitting the gym three times a week - at 84!


At the age of 84 most pensioners would be taking it easy but this one refuses, instead she works up a sweat in the gym three times a week.
Gwynedd Baker enjoys nothing more than pounding the treadmill, cycling, working the cross trainer and wave machine and taking part in fitness classes at Carmarthen Leisure Centre.
Although the former midwife and college lecturer suffers with high blood pressure, osteoporosis and arrhythmia, the sprightly pensioner shows no signs of letting up.
Mrs Baker, from Carmarthen said: “I love keeping fit and also enjoy the social element to it.
“It’s easy to sit back, watch television and do nothing but that’s not me, I like to keep active.”
The fitness enthusiast also takes part in the balance and strengthening class and is one of the oldest members at the leisure centre.
She was referred by her GP under the National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) and works to a tailored fitness programme delivered by the centre’s qualified instructors.
She said: “The staff here are very nice and are always at hand to help. I will carry on until I’m unable to.”
NERS is funded by Public Health Wales. Its aim is to improve the physical and mental health of client referrals with a diverse range of conditions including patients who have suffered strokes or heart attacks, cancer, angina, diabetes and emphysema.
It offers around 80 exercise sessions each week at Actif Fitness centres in Llanelli, Carmarthen, Ammanford and Newcastle Emlyn.
NERS Carmarthenshire was voted joint best scheme in Wales in 2012.

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