Happy Friday! Today’s featured fitness patron is Janet Hovey, who started her wellness journey at age 64. “It is important to keep moving. You can always improve balance, flexibility and strength no matter what your age, shape or size,” Janet said. Here, she’s pictured with her personal trainer, Hannah – we love their coordinated outfits. Congratulations on all your progress, Janet!
Tell us about yourself and how long you have been a member of the Kettering Fitness and Wellness Center.
I moved to Kettering (for the second time) in the summer of 2019. I joined the fitness center in December 2022 after my previous trainer left the industry. I had started working out at the age of 64 for general fitness and weight reduction. I had never used a fitness trainer before and discovered very late in life how great it feels to exercise on a regular basis. I have continued to work out on a regular basis and plan on doing so as long as I can.
What personal obstacles have you overcome and how did our fitness facilities help you through?
I really haven’t had “obstacles” to overcome. However, I think the biggest challenge we all have is being motivated, and that is something I feel is helped by the friendly and encouraging staff at the fitness center. Everyone, even the other patrons, are a great support system and make me want to come back on a regular basis.
Do you have any personal health and fitness goals, won a competition, etc.?
As I approach my 70’s, my goal is to stay flexible and mobile. While I still struggle with my weight, I decided it is better to be fat and fit than just fat!!!! It doesn’t matter what size you are. It is important to keep moving. You can always improve balance, flexibility and strength no matter what your age, shape or size.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I would really like to encourage people who feel they are too old, too big, etc. to start exercising. It is never too late. The benefits you receive are not only physical, but mental as well. If I could start down this path at age 64 and overweight, so can others.