If you haven’t met Peter Brickman during your workout, he is one of our long-time members and comes in almost daily for his workout. He’s newly retired but is as active as ever. One of the friendliest guys you will meet, Peter loves bicycling, dogs and tennis, and staying active.
Peter, you are a very active senior. What keeps you going so strong?
Some years ago, when I thought I was old, I referred to the joke: “If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.” Now that I really am old, it’s not that funny. I’m an insulin dependent diabetic, so diet, exercise, and reduced stress are things that I am constantly aware of; of course, this is important for everyone! Exercise has always been part of my life- it’s become a good addiction!
Besides coming to the gym almost every day, what other activities do you do?
I ride my bike everywhere! My tennis game has suffered, due to some physical restrictions. But, I’m still enthusiastic and every once in a while I hit a good shot that brings me back. Now that I’m recently retired, I’m catching up on my books and DVD’s and plan on taking continuing education classes. I have worked as a professional chef and I have more time to test my cooking skills and surprise myself.
How has the Fremont Health Club made a difference in your life?
The family atmosphere is comforting and inviting. The new sauna will seal the deal forever.
My dog, Harley, jumps up as soon you enter the building because he knows you so well. Are you a dog whisperer?
I try to say “Woof!” to every dog I meet, to let them know I’m a member of the pack. Harley is my BFF.
Any advice you want to pass along to others?
Good health is everything.