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Pensioner Takes Up Roller Skating and Karate

Pensioner Graham Newton has taken up karate and roller-skating at the age of 68.

Graham, who suffers from arthritis, was determined to keep fit during retirement and wanted to prove you can take part in sports at any age.

He now goes roller-skating once a week in Norwich with his 10-year-old son and takes part in karate lessons once or twice a week.

He explained: “My 10-year-old son was the one who got me into karate and roller-skating. Many people ask me if I can actually keep upright when roller-skating, but it’s just like riding a bike – it’s something that you never forget. All I do is make sure that I get my balance and then I’m away!

“I’m not as light on my feet as I used to be and I do find that it is harder to keep up in lessons and on the skating rink, but this doesn’t mean that I cannot exercise. The more I do, the more I find I can do.

“If you think that just because you are older you cannot do the things you used to do, think again. I’m living proof that you can do anything no matter what it is, whatever your age and ability. It’s never too late to start exercising.”

He said he suffers from mild arthritis and gets stiff joints, but the karate has helped with this and he is feeling more supple.

He added: “Martial arts are also about improving emotional well-being and I certainly feel like I have more self-discipline and I am more confident as a result.”


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