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Across the Palm Lake Group, we often see examples of how retirement has allowed our residents the time to explore new hobbies. Many have even (re)discovered a sport and found fitness.
It’s always at this time of the year that we think more about our health and wellbeing. It’s probably to do with the fact that the energy of summer is all-consuming – long, warm days give us the inspiration to get up and go. Plus, it’s that time of the year when last year’s New Year’s resolutions are put under the microscope and assessed, while brand new resolutions are made for 2020. It’s a fact that a large percentage of us put health goals on our resolutions list because who doesn’t want to feel and look fitter?!
Palm Lake Group supports our residents’ desires to stay active and healthy. We invest heavily in building the kinds of world-class facilities that encourage active lives while being parallel social outlets.
Our commitment to world-class facilities is proven with our Milon gymnasiums. As Milon’s exclusive partner for over-50s communities in the Southern Hemisphere, Palm Lake Group has installed these Porsche-inspired electronic gymnasiums in our newest locations and we continue to roll them out. Residents have personalised Milon membership cards that they simply swipe at each station and the machines automatically reset to that user’s specifications. It takes 17 minutes to complete a round of machines and residents are encouraged to complete three rounds, or workouts, per week. It couldn’t be easier.
Swimming is great for gentle exercise that’s low-stress on your joints. And, Palm Lake Resort residents get to tick a few boxes while in our tropical resort-style pools – they can work out while staying cool this summer. Many of our locations also offer additional indoor pools for aqua aerobics classes and more. And, if you’re one of the lucky ones to call Caloundra Cay home, maybe swimming up to the pool bar would constitute some form of ‘gentle exercise’ as well (as long as you do it enough times!).
From chip and putt mini golf, to four-hole golf courses, to high-tech golf simulator rooms offering the world’s best courses right in your own backyard – we’ve got all the golf options here at Palm Lake Resort. Chasing that little white ball around has never been more accessible. And, if you’re in the vicinity of the Sunshine Coast, the Greg Norman-designed Pelican Waters Golf Course is also part of the Palm Lake Group portfolio of properties.
Eight rink, undercover, championship lawn bowls greens are a staple at all our newest resort locations. It’s a fact – our residents LOVE their bowls! Whether played socially or competitively, bowls keeps our residents moving. And having fun! It’s a sport that even brings likeminded residents together from across our different resort locations for Inter-resort Games days and competitions. And, this summer, many of our resorts offer twilight bowls under lights.
Tenpin bowling is the other bowling-type activity that is gathering momentum across Palm Lake Resorts. Our latest locations offer two-lane alleys and all the best equipment. While tenpin bowling is another way we keep our residents active, it’s also a great activity for them to share with their visiting family members and friends.
Palm Lake Resort Cooroy-Noosa resident Ron Schilds is an absolute fanatic when it comes to raquet sports, having played representative badminton since he was a teenager in the UK. Nowadays though, with the time and freedom that retirement offers him, Ron plays badminton three days a week, pickleball three days a week, resort tennis on the odd Sunday, as well as competition table tennis among his fellow resident neighbours on Mondays and Wednesdays. Like we say, he’s a fanatic.
I definitely believe in the importance of getting your heart rate up. I like to run but it can be boring as hell – so I like chasing things instead!
Ron is leading the charge to bring pickleball to Palm Lake Resort Cooroy-Noosa and has organised a demonstration day at the resort in December. He explains the game as being akin to tennis, however you can fit four pickleball courts on one standard tennis court so it requires a lot less running around, which can better suit the over-50s demographic. Players use solid paddles and hollow plastic, holey balls. It’s a game that originated in the United States in the 1970s and is now played worldwide. However, it’s still new in the land Downunder, with the first Australian titles held in Sydney just last year. Brisbane-based, Jen Ramamurthy holds the current mixed doubles and women’s doubles Australian national titles and she has visited Palm Lake Resort Caloundra Cay to play a demonstration game and give residents tips on how to master this new game. Pickleball is being newly played at Caloundra Cay and Beachmere Bay with Cooroy-Noosa to jump onboard as well, if Ron has his way.
Retirement has been the best thing that ever happened to me, I spent 43 years working as a railway signal operator and I was very stressed at work. I now find great pleasure in life playing all the sport I can.
So, what will be your New Year’s resolution this coming January 1? If it’s to get active, fit and healthy, maybe you also need to put a move to Palm Lake Resort on your resolutions list as well?