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Zumba Gold Will Get Your Toes Tapping

The sound of Latin rhythms can be heard as you turn down the hall at The Oaks. Stop at the door of the Hawthorne Room and you’ll want to start tapping your foot. Maybe even start to dance. That’s the beauty of Zumba Gold, a fitness program offered by The Oaks that is designed the meet the anatomical, physiological and psychological needs of an aging population.

Zumba Gold has the Hawthorne Meeting Room hopping on Monday and Wednesday with Oaks residents and Passport To The Oaks participants moving to this happy music while they work out. Vera Walling, Oaks Fitness Coordinator and Zumba Gold licensed instructor, said “The response to the program has been so strong we have added another hour of fun exercise to our wellness programs schedule. The dance/workout is low impact and we keep it simple and safe. You can even dance in the chair.”

The benefits of the Zumba Gold program are multifaceted, says Joy Prouty, a Zumba fitness training manager, Zumba education specialist, and co-developer of the Zumba Gold program.

“It’s a lot of cardio and you definitely get the benefit of strengthening the cardiovascular system,” she says. “But because it’s also a weight-bearing exercise, that helps with the bones. Also, because we keep people moving, it helps preserve, restore, or improve range of motion. That, in turn, can help with peoples’ posture. Good posture not only helps you look better but can help make everyday activities easier.”

Founded in 2001, Zumba Fitness is a global lifestyle brand that fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an exhilarating dance-fitness sensation! Zumba® exercise classes are " fitness-parties " that blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a celebration.

Zumba Gold® is designed as an easy-to-follow program that provides modified, low-impact moves for active older adults. It lets participants move to the beat at their own speed. It's an invigorating, community-oriented dance-fitness class that feels fresh, and most of all, exhilarating.

Mrs. Walling said she has seen a big transformation in many participants who changed from shy and a little skeptical into confident dancers who can really move their hips to the Latin rhythms’ of Zumba Gold. “The steps, beat and rhythms are easy to learn and they basically repeat themselves so the routines are simple to follow,” she said. “While it is a good workout, we strive to keep it simple and safe for all the participants,” Mrs. Walling emphasized.

What Do the Participants Say

”Zumba Gold is super for your body,” said Oaks resident George Adam. “I am 91 years old and I stay happy all the time,” and this program is a big part of my overall fitness routine,” he added.

“I love Zumba Gold dancing,” said Passport member Donna Wolfe, “It is great exercise. We have a fantastic instructor, Vera Walling. It is so good because even if you have leg problems or other aches, you can still have fun and do many movements sitting down.”

Marie Crider, a Passport member who will be 80 next month, said “I think that everybody should try Zumba gold, because it helps with the strength, movement and balance.

“It is easy to see why many of our residents and Passport members have become regular participants in this program,” Mrs. Walling said. “Once they take a class they are hooked. It is fun, it feels good and it is good for them,” she added.

“I enjoy the Zumba class,” said 87 year old Oaks resident Ken Horlacher, “because it fulfills my desire to dance and at the same time it provides a good aerobic exercise. No prior dance experience is needed and the quality of instruction is excellent.

“I have missed dancing! With Zumba Gold I am dancing again and loving it!” said Oaks resident Cindy C. Casper.

For more information about Passport To The Oaks and the Zumba Gold program, call (803)534-1212.