A campaign has been launched across the UK, including at fitness centers in Aylesbury and Buckingham, to encourage people over 60 to stay active.

The month-long campaign is being conducted at Aqua Vale Pool and Swan Pool and Leisure Centre.

Everyone’s Active hopes to encourage more people over 60 to become physically and mentally active, with the launch of its Age Is Just a Number campaign.

Rena Hume

Now in its second year, the campaign celebrates seniors by showcasing their fitness stories and proving what can be achieved by staying active later in life.

From last Monday November 1, the campaign runs until Wednesday November 30, with Chilterns Lifestyle Centre, Chalfont Leisure Center and nearby Chesham Leisure Center also hosting the special sessions.

The Bucks Council has partnered with the fitness operator to bring these activities to residents.

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These include: Senior Racket Sports and Senior Swimming at Chilterns Lifestyle Center and Chalfont Leisure Centre, and Senior Badminton and Senior Court Tennis at Chesham Leisure Centre.

Steve Salwa, Contract Manager at Everyone Active, said, “We pride ourselves on providing our members with a friendly and welcoming environment that motivates people of all ages to get active.

“Maintaining physical activity and staying socially active is vitally important for people aged 60+ in the local community.

“This campaign aims to inspire people to try a new activity or do simple exercises every week at home, helping people of all abilities discover the different ways they can benefit from physical activity.”

Among the amateur athletes on the Bucks program is local legend Rena Hume, who has been training at Chalfont Leisure Center since 1995. She is still going strong at 93.

Sharon Duncan, 65, has been attending the same center for 15 years.

While Grant Hardy, 76, who underwent knee replacement surgery in 2018, used water exercises to jump-start his recovery. Over the past two years, he has lost 38 pounds.