The gym staff treats Marley like a little old lady, and she's had enough. Mary's suggestion starts with the obvious.
Staying active has benefits for the body and the mind, in the young and old alike. Learn more about fitness and staying active as a senior.
-Mary Maxwell, Posted August 21,2012
Marley, from Bradenton had this to say: "I'm 68 and go to the gym every morning. I'm quite fit, despite my outward appearance, but I always get special treatment from the employees there because of my age. I've told them many times that I am fully capable of the physical activities that I choose to do, but they always seem to hover around, hoping that I won't croak on their watch. Is it time for me to join a new gym?"
Thanks for writing, Marley. You say "despite your outward appearance" you're quite fit. I believe you. But you need to stop showing up at the gym in a wheelchair. I know, like the rest of our age group, you've gotten used to using a wheelchair to gain early boarding status on airline flights, special treatment in express check-out lanes, and easy access to crowded elevators. But this is causing a lot of nervousness at your gym. Watching somebody get up out of a wheelchair and step on a treadmill can be frightening to trained fitness personnel. I think you should just abandon the wheelchair on gym day. And don't even think about using a mobility scooter instead.
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