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KEEPING fit, healthy and looking fab in your 40s and 50s is vital to a mental wellbeing, according to two regulars at our Horncastle Pool & Fitness Suite.

And, at the other end of the age scale losing weight helps boost your confidence and sets you up for a better life, says 24-year-old Alice McConnon.

The women were speaking out after latest reports on rising obesity levels among East Lindsey residents. Most recent figures reveal that 63.7 per cent of all adults in the district are either overweight or obese, which is significantly worse than the national average. As a result, it is classed on a local ‘health priority’.

Alice and her mum Suzy Tyrrell are both members at our Horncastle gym and supporting our New Year: New You campaign to encourage people to get up and active more often.

Suzy is a mum-of-five who, at the age of 50, is as fit and healthy now as she was prior to having children. She encourages all women to take some form of exercise – whether it is a walk in the local park, or a trip to the gym.

“My children are aged from 24, which is Alice, down to 10 but, even when they were younger, I never stopped exercising. To me, it is vital, you could be pushing the pram when they are sleeping or finding the time to go swimming. It helps your mood, your mental wellbeing and you sleep better yourself,” said Suzy.
Alice has used the gym to lose weight – something she started at University in Nottingham and has continued back in Horncastle, where the family lives.

“It definitely helps with my confidence and I am sure that would be the case for others,” she said.
For 44-year-old Lou Leggate the gym proved a welcome break from running, which she still enjoys but wanted a change. She first joined Horncastle Fitness Suite 14 years ago – in fact her dad bought her, her first membership.

“I became a mum 14 years ago and gained 4-stone in weight and so was really keen to get back into shape and keeping fit. It is vital, mentally as well as physically,” said Lou.
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