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Dance, Zumba, and Fitness

Jim, a good friend of mine, stopped by my office today to wish me a good start for the new academic year. His class is on Wednesday, mine is on Thursday and we both enjoy meeting each other to chat on any day.  Jim is well into his seventies and while he has always showed interest in all my projects, he is particularly interested in this not-for-profit. I suppose this is the case because Jim is a dedicated dancer, a modern dancer. He meets his group twice a week for an hour and a half, usually in the late morning or early afternoon and trains diligently and consistently. I cannot imagine him, a tall and lanky guy, ever having had any type of weight problems. He had once told me that what motivated him to join the dance class and seek out physical exercise was the loss of flexibility with age, a feeling familiar to many. The question that remains is what motivates him to stick with his exercise regime. After the initial decision was made, a decision on a purely cognitive level, he could have quit. But Jim loves the challenge each class has to offer and he loves the sensation in his legs the day after, a sensation that feels almost like a pat on his back: “You did well Jim! You danced beautifully.” He even admitted to loving “graduating” to groups for advanced dancers, a method the teacher employs to keep everyone on their toes (pun intended) and interested. Zumba fitness dancing anyone?

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