AUBURN, Mass. – Is your New Year’s resolution to get more exercise? Then head to the Auburn Senior Center at 4 Goddard Drive for exercise classes in early January.
Zumba Gold is offered — a low-intensity but high-energy dance fitness class for older active adults. This fun, Latin-inspired dance class includes merengue, salsa, rock and roll, tango and more.
“It is a safe, easy to do and an effective total body workout,” according to the program's flier. “It’s great for the body, mind and soul, but mostly your heart.”
Certified instructor Myriam Lamour has a background in dance and fitness. She has been dancing for more than 25 years and is licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba Gold and Zumba Toning as well as Zumba for kids.
Classes will be held 9:15 to 10 a.m. Thursdays, beginning Jan. 10, at the Senior Center. It costs $3 per class.
Also, the Senior Center will again offer Tai Chi classes in the evening. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese art that consists of slow, relaxed movements that reduce stress and improve balance. This makes Tai Chi a perfect exercise for almost any age and lifestyle from a 30- or 40-year-old busy executive to an 80-year-old retiree.
In addition to improving balance and increase flexibility, Tai Chi also lowers blood pressure and helps relieve the joint pain and stiffness of arthritis.
Instructor Richard LaFontaine has been teaching Tai Chi since 2001 and also is certified as an instructor in Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention.
Classes are open to anyone 18 or older and will be 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays, beginning Jan. 7, for eight weeks at the Senior Center. It costs $30 for eight weeks of classes or $5 per class as a drop-in.