How would you describe personal energy expert Carol O’Halloran? Full of beans? Oozing with enthusiasm? Fitness pioneer? Well, probably all of the above and then some. With her ‘yours in energy and vitality over 50’ philosophy, this Chelsea resident who loves heading to Sorrento for a swim with the dolphins, cycling around Point Nepean National Park and relaxing at Peninsula Hot Springs, certainly makes the most of her time on planet Earth. How does this 65-year-old Kiwi-born, world-roaming fitness fanatic keep her energy levels up?
Carol explains: “The key to remaining energised and vital after 50 is eating well, exercising and following your heart. When you love what you do, your stress levels reduce and the happy hormones surge. If you haven’t found what you’re passionate about, then go back to when you were a child and remember what you loved doing then, the thing that made you smile. I’ve interviewed a lot of older Australians for my television show Over 50 So What?, which screens on free-to-air Channel 44 in Victoria and South Australia, and one thing is clear: they are tired of being treated like they have one foot in the grave. I’ve done shoots with people who’ve taken up juggling or rock’n’roll dancing after 50; a 60-year-old who started ice-skating; and a 96-year-old who went to live on a yacht. There’s no reason to stop living just because you’ve reached a certain age, and it’s so important to keep up with social connections as you grow older. I also host a TV show called Seniors in the Groove on Channel 44 which features Victorian Seniors Festival highlights. The one thing all seniors I speak with have in common is they don’t want to lose their mental capacity. You’ve got to keep in touch with friends and talk to someone every day.”
With more than 30 years’ experience in the fitness industry working throughout Australia and South-East Asia training hundreds of fitness instructors, this professional speaker, MC, TV presenter, author of two books, presenter of multiple fitness videos and infomercial host has just been nominated for an Antenna Award in the Best TV Personality in Seniors Programming for 2021 category. Carol is thrilled. She continues: “I was incredibly concerned about the mental health of seniors during lockdown last year and decided to do something about it. I approached Channel 44 in June about doing a show and they said yes. There were four episodes originally, but people rang up the station wanting more. The show covers a diversity of subjects, including fitness, well-being, inspirational stories and tips on how to live a long, healthy and fun life. I’m really enjoying it.”
And so are the thousands of seniors who are tuning in to it across Australia on a weekly basis. Whether you are searching for information on how to live a better life after 50 or just looking for some fun, Carol is your go-to woman. A keen swimmer, scuba diver, snow skier, bushwalker and gym junkie, Carol has plenty of energy to give. Tap in, hook up, and let the energised life begin.