Grandmother June Aspley takes classes in belly dancing, Zumba and cardio boxing, and walks.
Now she has added taekwondo to the mix and joined her son and granddaughters in the sport.
Ms Aspley, 61, her son Andrew Phillips, 32, and his daughters Ella, 12, and Zoe, 8, all take the one-hour class on Mondays and Tuesdays at United Taekwondo at the PCYC, Bulli.
‘‘Because I’m already fit it wasn’t a big stretch for me,’’ said the 61-year-old.
‘‘I like the improvement in fitness levels and building up more energy and stamina.’’
The grandmother preferred punching out the patterns – sequences of kicks and punches – over the treadmill.
‘‘It’s a mental and memory exercise as well,’’ she said.
The family have become closer through their participation in the class as they help each other with the moves.
‘‘When the girls come to visit, I can ask them to show me a pattern,’’ she said.
‘‘They’re a grade higher than me. It gives us a shared interest.
‘‘I started just after Easter this year when they convinced me. I had done it many years ago for about a year when I was in my thirties, so I knew what to expect.’’
The retiree promised herself after 42 years of full-time work she would start looking after her wellbeing.
Ella, 12, also enjoyed sparring with her family.
‘‘I like the fighting, it’s fun to do it together and we’ve learnt lots of patterns,’’ she said.
The 12 and 8-year-old sisters said they wanted to keep going until they get a black belt.
‘‘But as you get older it gets trickier,’’ Ella said.
Their father said the girls often helped him to remember the moves they learned in class.
‘‘They pick it up quicker than me,’’ he said. ‘‘I actually get advice off them, they tell me the next move.’’