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Maria is in step and getting exercise now at senoir center

Posted: September 12, 2011 - 9:06pm

Maria had worked, raised a family and kept a home running for years. During those years, she had not exercised the way she should have. 

Now Maria was making the choice to get back into shape, but she also hated exercise. She had read in the monthly newsletter from the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center that they were starting a Zumba exercise group. She thought that might be the right fit for her. As she researched what Zumba is, an exercise program with four basic steps that are done to Latin music, the more she felt this was going to work for her.

  The first session that Maria attended she stayed in the back row. This allowed her to learn the steps. It was not as easy as she had hoped, but she hung in there. The 30 minutes went by fast, then came the 15 minutes of stretching and cooling down. Just in time! 

Maria was exhausted, but felt great knowing that she had done it! Everyone who attended the class was very supportive of Maria and encouraged her to come again. The instructor, Cyndy, was very patient and never made Maria feel like she was holding the class up. Many of the Zumba students also do yoga at the center on Fridays. So Maria is thinking about joining that also. The costs for the programs was very affordable also. Two new fitness programs in one week; that is a record for Maria.

  If you, like Maria, need some fun exercise to get you back into shape, come and join her in the Zumba class at the senior center. It is held on Tuesdays, 8:15-9 a.m. in the Great Room. Wear tennis shoes and clothes that you can move in. Come on in and get movin'!

DEANN BARRY is the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center director.