Elderly woman gets fit for change

2019-03-19 06:00
The first group of Breaking Bread's boot camp sessions.

The first group of Breaking Bread's boot camp sessions.

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A 91-year-old woman from Observatory has taken up fitness to help raise funds for the needy in her community.

Charlotte Alexander has joined a boot camp programme by feeding initiative Breaking Bread Community Development (BBCD), which seeks to raise funds to help feed homeless people in Salt River and Observatory.

Breaking Bread is an initiative ran by Brown and three other people. It was started three years ago and feeds needy people daily. Their first boot camp session saw them raising R1 100.

The fitness programme sees participants undergoing extreme fitness challenges to either stay healthy or lose weight.

Alexander is the oldest member in the programme, but does not let her age define her abilities.

“Being the eldest in the group had its challenges, but I just do everything that I have to do and keep on going,” she said.

She said the most difficult challenge is keeping the balance in her body weight in some of the exercises.

Alexander encouraged other elderly people to join such programmes in order to keep fit and healthy. “I look at my peers at the seniors club which I am a part of and see that my peers take their ailments as an excuse not to be active. They must work against that mindset and start taking action.”

She said her peers must not think of the pain that will come out of the exercise because it will not last. “It will be worth it in the end,” she said.

Alexander said she suffers from a heart condition, but does not let that stop her from living an active lifestyle.

Her daughter, Sheradia Brown runs Breaking Bread and said that she had never been more proud of her mother.

“She actually started taking part in this programme because of the Breaking Bread and wanted to contribute towards the initiative,” she says.

“When she told me she wanted to join I was worried, but seeing her doing the exercises was a pleasant surprise.”

V For more information on this initiative visit their facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/breakingbreadnpo/

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