Zumba keeping Frederick’s senior citizen community active

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Turn up the music!  
 
Sixty-five-year-old Frederick County, Md. resident Sharon Wiklinski said she’s been doing it for about three years now, and she can’t get enough.
 
“About four years ago, I was very, very ill, and this was part of my plan to recover my health and my strength. Little did  I know what crazy, good fun it was going to be,” said Frederick County Aging Department Zumba Gold participant Sharon Wiklinski.
 
“Zumba fitness is great for anybody, and that’s why I like it. It is fitness in disguise. Some people like to dance, [and] we can say it’s dance. Some people that say ‘I can’t dance,’ so we say, ‘It’s athletic,’” said said Zumba Gold Instructor Kelli Donaghue.
 
Zumba has become popular throughout the U.S., and a new age group has joined the party: senior citizens.
 
The Frederick County Aging Department has offered it for more than five years, and they said a growing amount of participants join every year.
 
In the end, they just want to help keep the senior community active.
 
“Zumba is a very active, vigorous program, as you can see. We also offer other kinds of fitness [including] tai-chi, line dancing, cherry yoga and [the] Motion in Movement program, which is a seated  program, so we try to serve people from 50 to 100, ‘ said Dara Markowitz, Frederick County Aging Department.

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