At 83, Maureen Rawding has a confession to make about her special relationship - with exercise.
"I got to be a bit of a junkie at one time, I enjoyed it so much."
She's now cut back to six days a week.
"I have Saturday off. I have to do some cleaning some time," the Tasmanian resident of 50 years says.
"I cheat because I have flippers on and I do 20 laps in the pool, then do an exercise class.
"I do four aqua classes a week and two exercise classes and then I swim in between.
"They told me to bring my bed here." The 'here' is Splash Swimming and Aquatic Centre in Devonport.
"It's the only thing that keeps me going because as you get older of course, you have all these aches and pains, back troubles and things and if I didn't do this I would be on medication.
"I say: 'If exercise was in medication the doctors would be looking for patients'."
The mother of two daughters, grandmother of three and great-grandmother of four, Maureen has other pursuits apart from exercising in her 'spare' time.
"I play bridge twice a week. It keeps the brain box working. And I go to a choir."
Maureen and husband, Brian, emigrated from Nottingham in England in 1970 and fell in love with Tasmania at first sight.
She thought the long voyage to Australia was: "The most boring trip. It cured us of cruising."
The landlubbers threw themselves into their love of bushwalking and took full advantage of Tasmania's famous landscape - and beyond.
"Our 25th wedding anniversary we went to the Himalayas - a 14-day trek. That was the highlight of my life."
It was a passion Maureen had to give up about five years ago due to the decades of pressure put on her knees.
"Coming down hills with a pack on the back and seeing who could get to the bottom quickest," she laughs. "We do walks along beaches now."
She used to have problems with her arms but can lift them above her head again and move them around freely: "I can do most things, and that's all through exercise, regular exercise."
Maureen believes the social aspect of exercising also plays an important part in a person's wellbeing.
"I like it because of the company.
"We've got lots of wonderful classes here for older people and people make the excuse they've got this wrong and that wrong.
"But if they'd try it, they'd be surprised how much better they'd feel. And the people here are so supportive.
"Just do what you can, every little bit helps. Even coming here and talking to other people."
The staff at the centre say her enthusiasm is infectious.
"She's our biggest marketing promoter," says Splash Customer Service Officer, Brandon Goss. "She's brought in a lot people."
Maureen says exercise also helps you sleep better.
"We go to bed about ten, get up about seven. I might have a nana nap if I sit down, I'll have a quarter of an hour.
"We eat very sensibly, we eat good food, lots of yoghurt and things like that. Basic, vegetables, fruit, we eat a lot of fruit, porridge."
She bakes her own bread - mixed grain, white and wholemeal, in a bread maker.
Maureen has added motivation to keep fit - her great grandson.
"The four-year-old lives next door. And you have to keep very active. That's what keeps me going really.
"You've got to have that motivation to get here.
"You've got to go against yourself. Go past the pain, if you get a bit of pain, you can go past that pain. I've never felt so well."
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