STAY STRONG: From left, Barry Jones, Rolly Connor, Trevor Watts and John Gehle get a workout at Yeppoon’s Activate Health with exercise physiologists Nancy Pepper (left) and business owner Kate Sweeney-West (right).
STAY STRONG: From left, Barry Jones, Rolly Connor, Trevor Watts and John Gehle get a workout at Yeppoon’s Activate Health with exercise physiologists Nancy Pepper (left) and business owner Kate Sweeney-West (right). Amy Haydock ROK

Veteran back in the pool two years after cardiac arrest

YOU wouldn't know it by looking at him now, but two years ago Trevor Watts couldn't even get up the staircase in his home.

The retiree and Vietnam veteran was a nationally competitive swimmer, but after suffering from a cardiac arrest, his dream of making it even further was lost.

Trevor said as a result he suffered from depression and could barely walk around his home or outside.

Fast-forward to the present and Trevor is loving life and back to swimming laps of three to four kilometres twice a week after joining the program at Activate Health in Yeppoon.

"I enjoy the camaraderie here, exercise is good for you and it keeps my body going," Trevor said last week.

Trevor is just one example of what simple and safe exercise can do to benefit your health at any age, owner of Activate Health accredited exercise physiologist Kate Sweeney-West said.

"We offer rehabilitation and health promotion, so if someone suffers from severe pain or an injury we help them with safe exercises to improve their fitness and mental health," Kate said last week.

"I love it. Seeing people leave feeling a bit better before they started is really great. Exercise works just as well as pharmaceuticals."

They assist people with musculoskeletal rehabilitation, weight management, sports performance, chronic disease prevention and management as well as chronic pain and reduced function.

But with chronic pain or injury, mental health issues can follow.

"When someone is in severe pain everything is an effort and we take that for granted," she said.

"Just to get the groceries isn't possible if they suffer with respiratory problems for example, or some people can't even do their shoes up.

"So we want to facilitate independence and a lot of the time, if they're told they'll never be able to do something again they believe it, and they give up. So mental health is a big part of it as well."

Kate said 30 minutes of physical activity a day was a good amount of exercise and could be broken up throughout the day to make it more achievable.

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Phone them on 4939 5696 or email reception@activatehealthyeppoon.com.au

Their fitness classes include Activate Seniors, ActiV Blokes, T2 Diabetes, Ladies Fitness and Activate Backs