There are not many opportunities to attend a women’s health and wellness forum, where some of the most intelligent members of their field are presenting, and you still get to dance to music.
The Zumba dance exercise sessions at the 13th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum are this opportunity.
The Zumba Gold sessions instructor is Christy Walton, a Zumba certified instructor and member of the Zumba Instructor Network. Since 1980, Walton has leading cardio-dance classes using her unique style of cuing and inspiring movement to motivate thousands of women over three decades to dance in ways they never thought possible.
“I design my choreography to be dynamic, yet easy to follow for all fitness levels,” said Walton. “My experience has helped me mix the music and provide the movement cues so no matter a person’s fitness level, they will have a workout that is right for them, and is a lot of fun.”
According to Walton, the most common reason a person stops exercising, or doesn’t begin in the first place, is lack of time or boredom. Zumba addresses both of these problems by providing a total body workout in one session and making exercise fun. The music is lively and the mood is incredibly upbeat in a Zumba class.
Zumba is a dance fitness method based on a number of Latin dance moves, performed to Latin and world music beats, and choreographed to allow people of any fitness or dance experience level to enjoy a fantastic workout.
Besides the three breakout sessions where Walton will present the basic theories behind Zumba, as well as demonstrate some moves, she is offering a “wake-up” session. Beginning at 7 a.m., Walton and Penny Navis-Schmidt, who will offer tai chi/qigong, will provide a pre-conference exercise program.
The 13th Women’s Wellness Forum is Saturday, March 12 at Payson High School. Starting at 7 a.m. with an early exercise, the registration and continental breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m.
At 8 a.m., Payson Mayor Kenny Evans and Payson Regional Medical Center CEO Chris Wolf will welcome the registrants and introduce the keynote speaker, Elaine Lundberg. Lundberg is an international humor therapist. Her address is titled “Laughter — The Duct Tape That Can Help Hold You Together.”
Breakout sessions begin at 9:15 and end at 12:30 p.m. Free lunch is provided following the sessions. Participants will also be entered into a raffle for prizes. Registration is $10. Scholarships are available. To register and learn more about the featured presenters, call the Mogollon Health Alliance at 472-2588.