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Border men compare fitness campaigns to a health version of Men’s Shed


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A group of Border men have compared their new fitness campaigns to a health version of Men’s Shed. Since October, a growing band of plus 55s have met every Tuesday morning at Albury’s Adrenaline Boxing and Conditioning Gym, tipping in a gold coin donation. “We do the boxing training, then we do the gym training and then we sit down and have a coffee,” Mike Bourke said. “I don’t actually go to a men’s shed, but this is kind of like it where you get together with a bunch of blokes.” It’s proven so popular the group has asked for an extra session. “You find a lot of guys who don’t feel comfortable going to the gyms now, they’re at that stage in life where they’re not as fit as they used to be and there’s young guys there who are fit and strong,” joint coordinator Steve Smith said. “One guy said to me he really didn’t know how to go about getting fit again.” Smith, who played football with Wodonga and Lavington, has just turned 59, but is as fit as some half his age. “I get a buzz out of seeing their faces when they finish the session, they’re relaxed and happy,” he said. Well-known Wodonga real estate agent Des Lonergan has just turned 71 and admits his fitness level was “pretty basic”. “You feel as though you’ve achieved something, I’ve done something that I’ve never done in my life (in boxing),” he said. David Kennedy has had some health and heart-related issues. “I’ve got to keep exercising to maintain my health,” he said.

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