Zumba Craze Pumps Up Ontario Seniors

Zumba is a Latin dance-fitness program that blends red-hot music with catchy steps to create a party atmosphere. Since 2001, Zumba has become the a global dance-fitness craze. More than 12 million people across the generations particpate in weekly Zumba classes in more than 125 countries.

Zumba has been adapted to be a low-impact cardio class for seniors, such as at the Wasaga Beach Prime Time Club in the Wasaga Beach and Collingwood area of Ontario, Canada. 67-year-old Helen Veninger is the prime Zumba instructor at the Club.

Veninger swears by the parcipatory nature of Zumba. “There is so much more to group fitness,” she told the Enterprise-Bulletin. She is a native Czechoslovakian and in 2009 she enrolled in the Fitness Instructor Specialist program at college.

Prime Time Club’s Keep Fit Program founder, Sidney Sim, is impressed with Ms. Veninger. He told the media source: “She’s fantastic – she’s exuberant, she get’s everybody pumped up.” He added: “I think she knows every muscle and bone in the body.”

Her goal is to “inspire and encourage people who probably wouldn’t otherwise exercise, or might be lonely," she told the Enterprise-Bulletin.

This transplated Czech lady has found a way to do a world of good in her new Canadian home.

When administered in a low-impact fashion, Zumba can be applied in Assisted Living and Continuing Care residences.