I love spending time with my grandchildren and they are one of the reasons I try to keep fit and healthy. I want to be able to run around the park with them, jump on the trampoline, go for bushwalks and enjoy being with them. I also want to be a role model by showing them how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
My guest this week in the Over 50 & Thriving Series is someone who I have introduced to you during #FitFabFeb2019. Peta Gillian from Strong Healthy Women provided the workout videos for us and is a great advocate for helping women Over 50 stay healthy and active. You can connect with Peta through her links at the end of her article.
In her article Peta discusses being an Interactive Grandma and introduces us to some inspiring women who want to be The Interactive Grandma!
How Old do you Feel? Be the Interactive Grandma!!!
My twin boys recently turned 39 and I called to wish them a happy birthday. Both of them said “please don’t sing”. A standard thing for their whole entire life was to put up with a mother who is a little spontaneous to things that create joy in her life. If a song that I liked came on while we were shopping, I’d either sing or dance as we went along.
I’d hope that somewhere along the lines they’ll learn it’s ok to enjoy the little things in life. I’m sure they will. Life is full of serious moments, so when you find the tiniest thing that makes your heart sing, it’s time to celebrate.
Celebrating their birthday brings me joy, it’s another year I’ve had with them. Seeing them interact with their children, the fun times and the struggles are all reminders of time that has past for me and a different stage of my life that I embrace with open arms.
I’m certainly not the grand-mother who sits on the side lines.
I hear comments like “wait til you get to my age.” In many cases I’m the same age or even older, but I keep that to myself. I’m so grateful that I get to help women everyday build a more active and healthier life.
One of the biggest bonuses of being active, is slowing down the ageing process.
Caryl started with us in October 2018 and I was amazed when I found out she was 72. I never look at someone and see an age. What I see, is, women getting stronger, more flexible and living their wonderful life.
Today Caryl said “I certainly don’t feel 72. I can honestly say I feel the happiest, healthiest and fittest that I ever have in my life and it’s all due to coming to Strong Healthy Women.” Does this make me jump for joy? It sure does.
Seeing women running around with their grand-kids, riding bikes, swimming, picking them up with ease and having fun is what I want for you. I want you to be that Interactive Grandma! Not the one sitting on the sidelines.
Una turned 70 recently and I had the privilege of being invited to her birthday morning. What a fun morning, women laughing and giggling like teenagers and playing games like musical chairs. But instead of chairs it was cushions on the floor. Most of these women were in their 60’s and 70’s and getting up and down off the floor with ease. Then there were musical statues, but instead of going around in a circle we were doing exercises, like squats, and jumping jacks. Can you imagine trying to hold a jumping jack in mid-air? Totally impossible. But, we had fun trying.
I honestly believe that it’s never too late. I love this quote “change happens, one step at a time.”
That first step is the scariest and most uncomfortable. Never being in a gym in my life until my 40’s was one of the most terrifying things I’ve done. Even standing on the top of a mountain for the first time about to ski was easier. Why? I had someone with me, helping, teaching and supporting me. In the gym, I felt alone, out of place and I didn’t feel understood because I was older than the other girls. One day a new trainer took the session and my whole experience changed.
- Take the chance on yourself and take that first step.
- Know it will be uncomfortable and scary, only for a little while.
- Find the place that is right for you.
- Find your people that you connect with.
- Believe you can and you will.
And… like the song… I like to move it, move it!!!
Be the Interactive Grandma.
Peta Gillian is a qualified fitness and lifestyle professional with 14 years’ experience working with women. Featured in Prevention Magazine, a regular on the Fit N Fifty Plus Podcast Show and a Finalist in the Australian Fitness Industry Awards, Peta is passionate about helping women 50+ to remain fit, healthy and mobile throughout their lives.
Peta is the creator of FITFlex (a fitness and flexibility program for women 50+), FastFIT and Fuelled Up and launched Ageless Confidence in 2018 from her desire to give back to the community and help women no matter what stage of life to “believe they can, and they do”.
She started her own well-being journey after watching the effects of preventable disease on the women in her family. She faced a health issue of her own in her 40’s. And then menopause hit her like a tonne of bricks, which started the process of research and finding her way through strategies that completely transformed her health and has since taught these same strategies to thousands of other women.
Peta loves skiing, hiking, travelling, staying active and loves reading to learn and grow.