A campaign has been launched across Suffolk gyms to showcase the mental, physical and social benefits of exercise.

This month, Everyone Active is encouraging a greater number of over 60s to become physically and mentally active with the launch of its 'Age Is Just a Number' campaign.

The campaign celebrates the senior demographic by showcasing their fitness stories and proving what can be achieved by staying active into later life.

Running until Wednesday, November 30, Waterlane Leisure Centre in Lowestoft and Waveney Valley Leisure Centre, in Bungay, are encouraging the older generation to enjoy the wide range of activities on offer.

Clive Workman spent his career as a self-employed removal man which left him with plenty of back problems, but his workouts at Waterlane Leisure Centre are proving crucial to his recovery.

The 78-year-old’s spinal issues were diagnosed earlier this year and he underwent surgery in September, with another operation due to follow before the end of 2022.

Mr Workman started using Waterlane regularly in April, which he says is speeding up his rehabilitation.

“I used to be a removal man which is why I’ve got back trouble, but I don’t let it get me down”, he said.

“The surgeon told me that fitness was like money in the bank and that when you need it, it’ll be there for you. If you’re fit, you’ll get over it quicker.

“I was already exercising but that inspired me even more.

"What I most enjoy about it is feeling younger. I don’t look my age either, so I’m told."

Mr Workman is an advocate for older people keeping fit and would advise anyone considering regular trips to the gym to give it a go.

Beccles & Bungay Journal: Councillor Letitia SmithCouncillor Letitia Smith (Image: East Suffolk Council)

Councillor Letitia Smith, East Suffolk Council cabinet member for communities, leisure and tourism, said: “Clive’s story is a real inspiration and goes to show how making simple adjustments to our lifestyles can really benefit health and wellbeing.

“No one should be daunted by the idea of taking the first step towards achieving a personal goal.

"We want to encourage more people aged 65 and over to raise their activity levels and I am really pleased to see the achievements of people like Clive being highlighted by our leisure partners at Everyone Active."