How are you keeping your heart healthy? As it's Heart Research Month, we want to make sure you're doing what you can to keep yours... and those around you healthy. Tag a to remind them to look after their heart!
“The doctor said to me "your hips are stuffed" and at the young age of 52 I was getting a hip replacement. The chronic pain had slowed me down after being active my entire life, but after the second operation it was an amazing discovery to find I could walk again and even ride my bike without any pain. So I started playing golf again, and I love it. I don't even use the buggies, I walk the entire course. It was hard to get myself physically strong again and it took a while to... build up my stamina, but I have great mental resilience and I'm now playing the best golf I've played in 20 years. It's been a long road to get back here, but I keep my diet balanced and make sure I stay active. There is a wonderful saying that is "live well, it's the best revenge". It's not about the revenge, rather about living a good balanced lifestyle, enjoying family and friends and good health while you have it. That's how I live. I enjoy my life.” (Peter Adams, 55)
Did you know? Our bodies cannot produce Omega 3, it has to be obtained through diet or supplements. Omega 3 helps a healthy heart by regulating cholesterol.
“I was always a good swimmer as a kid, I didn't have any lessons, but my entire childhood I was competing. A knee injury when I was 17 stopped me from competing, so I concentrated on school and my career in dental surgery. My daughter has been swimming for seven years, and because of her I decided to get back into the pool and start swimming again. It was hard to start with, but now I have some great events to train for and that keeps me happy and motivated. The amazing this is that I have been swimming my own personal bests, which is important to me because it proves that I improve as I get older. I have an underlying competitive spirit, and I always try my hardest. Being happy in life is the most amazing thing.” (Jo Weir, 47)
“I've been playing netball since I was 10, so a friend of mine suggested I should put Bendigo on the map and take a team to the World Masters. So I got on the phone and found a team and there has been no stopping us since. I love netball, I think it's in the blood. I have a granddaughter who is 11 now and she loves it as well, it must be in bred to her. My husband and I have been together for 48 years. He used to drive me to netball when I was 16 and it's amazing to still hav...e his support to this day. My son is always joking that I'll be zooming up and down the court in my wheelchair umpiring the game, that's how much I love it. I was just inducted into my netball club Hall of Fame which is something I'm very proud of. I'll still keep playing because I think once you stop you'll never get back into it. I've also started lawn bowls, my mother used to play, and I always vowed I would never play, but here I am. I have a few friends who have been diagnosed with cancer and are luckily all survivors. It makes you realise how lucky you are to be fit and alive. Enjoy each day because you never know when it will be your last. I keep thinking that it's probably time I retired, but we'll see.” (Jenni Holborn, 66)
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“Now more than anything I find myself looking to contribute to society as much as possible. I speak at many conferences all over the world about the need to increase women’s participation in sport, especially in countries where sport is not considered as important or common. I received an Order of Australia Medal in 2002 for Services to the Community which was really rewarding to me. You definitely have to feel positive about yourself before you can reach out to others. I hav...e created a happy balance in my life with my amazing husband and four children so that I can continue to contribute to society. I am fighting for the future generation of woman. Breaking down the gender barriers. I have always been a leader and that confidence has allowed me to innovate, speak up, contribute and lead the way into new barriers being broken down. I am busy working on myself too though, I am in the gym six mornings of the week and have been since the mid-fifties and I’ll do that for the rest of my life. It is safe to say I keep myself busy with the things I am passionate about.”
(Janice Crosswhite, 71)
Vegetables are full of nutrients that benefit our diet, ensuring we get the recommended amount is vital for the health and maintenance of our bodies. How do you ensure you get your recommended amount?
“I only had my first fight three months ago. The guy was nearly ten years younger than me and lighter, but I won. I've been training for three years and I've even built a gym in my garage to train, sometimes I have up to a dozen guys training in my garage at once. I started training because I realised I wanted to get fit. I started off with your basic walking, but my mate and I decided to do boxing as a form of cardio. It has really changed my entire life. The weight started ...to fall off me, and my high blood pressure went away and I stopped taking medication. I don't ever want to go back to my lifestyle before that. To be fit, you need to be focused. As most parents know, you tend to lose sight of who you are when you're raising a family and you become time poor and put yourself last. But you need to spend time on your health and have that balance in life. There has to be a trigger in yourself that makes you want to change because no-one can do that for you. Don't let life get in the way of taking care of yourself.”
(Jack Rigor, 48)
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“We are all on a journey and I really think that life is not about fighting everything that is thrown at you, but enjoying everything that life throws at you. My whole life I had been planning on joining the airforce, but three days before my entry test, my dad had a plane crash which threw me off and I failed the course. With my dad being in hospital, I got to know the nurses really well and found my vocation. So I became a nurse. I really enjoy my life with my amazing husba...nd and son. We always have a great time and my husband says we'll never pay off our mortgage because we do bloody good holidays. Life has not been without its challenges, I've had some tumours, so now I have some missing ribs. One of my eyes doesn't work because I was born prematurely and I recently had surgery on my neck, but I haven't let any of that get me down. My husband is a great support, we make sure we are getting involved and supporting other parents and friends making sure we are there for them. I can't help it, I like to get involved in everything. I am passionate about mental health and I am a big believer that there is a lot of life to be lived. Nothing should keep you down. We all have challenges to deal with but it's about how well you can bounce back from them that counts.”
(Janette Baker, 43)
It's often hard to stay focused after the holiday season - but these quick tips will help keep your eye on the prize! What are your tips to staying focused?
New Year, New YOU! It may be time to start giving your body the care and attention it needs! Most vitamins and minerals are “essential nutrients” which our bodies can’t make on their own. Multivitamins are supplements that contain a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals that may help our bodies obtain these nutrients if our diet is lacking.
I was planning on going to the World Masters Games when I broke my leg. As a result of that doctors found out that I had cancer and ended up getting it six times since my first diagnosis. Luckily I've been in remission for eight weeks now. I'm determined though, I told the doctor "you find it and fix it because I've got riding to do." My late wife is my inspiration, we truly had a great love story. We met when I was eleven and I told her that she was a tomboy and she told me ...that I was cheeky. So I told her she'd better start acting like a lady because I was going to marry her. Ten years later I was standing on her doorstep at midnight and I asked her to marry me and she said I'd have to ask her father. So I went inside and woke him up and he asked if I reckoned I could look after her and I said I'll darn well try. I've never lost that determination that I've had since I was a kid, it's what keeps me going. If I stop, what am I going to do with myself? So I keep going.”
(Geoffrey Hawkins, 87)
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