Zumba Gold attracts active older adults
Katie Carpenter | 05.15.13
Janice's Zumba Gold class at Alden Place.
“There are more and more older adults in our communities, and because we’re living longer as well, we have got to figure out how to take care of ourselves as we age. So, for a lot of people, that means you have got to move.”
Janice Balmer is a certified group and personal trainer and a Zumba instructor in Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania. She says that many active older adults are drawn to the Zumba craze because it not only offers a great workout, but it provides a social outlet as well.
“It’s some basic Latin rhythms, dances set to music, and the idea is you move, you have some fun, you sweat and laugh. There are a lot of hip movements and also repetitive dance steps, so it really is something that everybody can do,” Janice explains.
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Janice says, “Most people like to move to music, that’s really all you have to do. Zumba’s not competitive. You go in, do what you can do- and, once you start doing it a few times, most people get hooked because it is just fun!”
One of Janice’s class members, 70-year-old Rita Groy, gave a rave review of the class and Janice’s personalized approach to wellness for older active adults:
“Try it! You don’t have to do exactly every movement, but the idea is to keep moving. It’s good for your spirit, it’s good for your soul and it’s good for your blood pressure, too.”
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