Keeping it moving with Zumba Gold
Pictured: Julie-Ann with her students

Starting Monday morning on the right foot is the introduction of Zumba instructor Julie-Ann Rayner’s new class at Snettisham Memorial Hall.

Zumba Gold is a low impact dance fitness class that is Latin inspired. The class is aimed toward more mature students or anyone who cannot handle high impact exercise and aims to improve balance, range of motion, flexibility and heart function, crucial to maintaining good health so often neglected in later years. Julie-Ann explains: “we really have to keep moving for our long term health.”

The whole aim of the class is to start small and slowly build up intensity, seeing gradual improvement in overall fitness as the weeks go by. The results speak for themselves: attendees have already reported to Julie-Ann that they now have better flexibility and range of motion only two classes in.

Julie-Ann trained to be a Zumba teacher last year both to improve her own fitness and because her passion lies with teaching the Gold class. Not only is she on a mission to improve health and wellness in this group, she is also championing the importance of its social aspect too by bringing along tea and cake for special socials, saying: “it’s a really nice social—people are all getting together and having a chat and exchanging telephone numbers.”

With the oldest attendee at 86 years old, Zumba Gold is truly a testament to inclusivity in exercise and welcomes anyone who wishes to keep themselves active, whatever age they may be. The goal is not perfection but just to get going, as attendee Lynne Swainston says: “even if we can’t keep up—we’re still moving.”

Zumba Gold is a pay as you go class held at Snettisham Memorial Hall, PE31 7LX every Monday morning at 10am and finishes at 11am. The first session is free and then £5 per class from then on.