Gryllis wants to help seniors iron out the wrinkles with fitness campaign

ONE of Orange’s councillors is out to prove it’s never too late to get fit.

Deputy mayor Chris Gryllis’s notice of motion to investigate the possibility of hosting fitness classes for seniors at the Orange Senior Citizens’ Centre gained unanimous council support.

Cr Gryllis, who works with a personal trainer once a week, said the number of gyms and active residents demonstrated there was a demand.

“Every morning, there are hundreds of people going for a walk who want to remain fit and healthy,” he said.

He envisioned a weekly class at the centre, with alternative locations investigated if demand grew.

“Maybe even exercise in the open air,” he said.

“With company, you might be more likely to make a commitment.”

He said council staff had started consulting personal trainers to canvas ideas and wanted to start small.

“It could be as big as Ben-Hur, but the success or failure of the project relies on public participation,” he said.

“The outcome will be fantastic.”

An Orange City Council spokesman said council currently ran yoga and walking classes from the centre, but was investigating new options to cover gaps in the offerings.

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