By Jill Healy-Quintard
Older adults as well as the young are dancing their way to better health.
Chances are you’ve read and heard about all the latest crazes for fitness and weight loss—Fitness dance programs are becoming increasingly popular across the globe and across all ages and fitness levels. Currently 6 million people take a fitness class each week in one of millions of locations in 75 or more countries. But what you may not know is that this isn’t just for the young and fit. Dance Fitness is a great way for older adults to get in shape too.
In fact, the creator of Body and Balance Fitness and Wellness, Jill Healy-Quintard has recently introduced GROOVE Fitness Fusion to her varied timetable of Pilates, ZUMBA, ChiBall and Yoga to the general public as well as corporate and school programs. It is a version of free or creative dance and has been tailored to the meet the needs of older adults as well as for school age and all ages fitness. Body and Balance GROOVE Fitness Fusion incorporates dance/fitness as well as Pilates and Yoga performed to a combination of hip hop, tribal, latin, swing, disco and new age beats and at a varied intensity to suit all participants. Jill has trained in all aspects of fitness from a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Leader through to Yoga and Pilates as well as classical and modern dance. She is also a trained school teacher, specialising in learning difficulties. Jill works with all age groups and instructs on Sydney’s Northern Beaches at Manly, Manly Vale, Curl Curl and in local schools and the workplace, as well as runs one on one and small group programs and workshops in Yoga, Meditation, Diet, Nutrition, Fitness and Wellness
GROOVE Fusion Plus is specifically targeted to the baby boomer generation and beyond,” explains Jill, as it also combines strength and core work that maintains healthy bones and the blood supply to the muscles and the brain as well as breath and meditation.
Jill has been in the Fitness Industry for 30 years and has received awards for her contributions to this ever growing industry.
Jill says participants in her fitness programs generally experience a high level of success because “it doesn’t feel like exercise and it is fun”.
“People smile and laugh while they’re doing my classes because it’s fun,” she says. “They start coming back week after week when they may have previously hated exercising. It’s not rocket science; it’s just something people like to do.”
In addition, older adults are often very enthusiastic about the music and learning the dance moves. “The baby boomers are the original party animals, so it’s no surprise they are attracted to my dance programs,” says Jill.
Young people also love it as the music is very now and also offers the old school aerobic music of the 80’s that has returned due to many television programs using 80’s and other themes, such as Glee.
These exercise programs can also provide a much-needed social network and support system, especially for those who feel that they can’t go out and dance in clubs anymore.
It is more than socializing and having fun, though it may not feel like it, it is exercise from a medical point of view and it’s great for your health and well being
“Studies now show that dance-based exercise is good for your heart, your flexibility, and your balance—especially as one ages.”
A study in Japan, looking at women aged 50 to 80, found that those who participated in a dance exercise routine and/or Pilates based balance exercises had improved balance, among other medical improvements. “It’s so important to prevent people, as they age, from falling because this can result in serious fractures,” says Jill “Achieving better balance and preventing falls is a huge accomplishment.”
It doesn’t matter if you have stopped exercising or if you have never exercised and are just beginning. Once you start the improvements in daily living are noticed almost immediately. After 2 weeks of any exercise program an improvement is observed by the participator and this is the biggest reward of all, says Jill
So Get Moving!
Whether clients are fit enough to participate in a regular class or are taking a modified class, it’s important that they’re being safe. Body and Balance takes into consideration areas of concern such injuries, as bad backs from sitting at a computer all day or lifting young children and even poor posture from pregnancy and breast feeding babies.
Jill adds that those who are overweight may want to consider General Pilates with ChiBall, which is low impact compared to Dance Fitness, but as in all my classes I modify to suit the individual.
So how do you get your involved?
Body and Balance Fitness and Wellness
Pilates/Yoga/ChiBall ,GROOVE and ZUMBA Fitness
“Shape Your Body, Shape Your Mind….”
Group Classes, Individual, Schools, Corporate
Phone; ( +61 2) 99498421 / (+61 ) 0412422868