Pa­cific-style Zumba

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

An ex­er­cise class ini­tially set up for 16 Pa­cific Health Ser­vice Porirua work­ers is now at­tract­ing up to 100 peo­ple with its flavour of Is­land aer­o­bics.

Pa­cific Health’s man­ager Eleni Ma­son said the classes were in­tro­duced to keep staff healthy and in shape.

‘‘We need to be show­ing that we’re ac­tu­ally do­ing things for our­selves as well. So we started an aer­o­bics class in the op­por­tu­nity cen­tre for 16 of our work­ers two days a week. Then we had some of our pa­tients come to us and say they wanted to join in be­cause they couldn’t af­ford to go to the gym.’’

Ms Ma­son said the classes have be­come so pop­u­lar in the last year they have to hire out the Te Aka­puanga Hall to cater for ex­pand­ing num­bers.

Classes have taken on a dif­fer­ent di­men­sion since the in­ter­na­tional South Amer­i­can ex­er­cise pro­gramme Zumba reached Kiwi shores, she said.

‘‘We had to find some­thing to at­tract our peo­ple and they pre­fer to hear the Pa­cific mu­sic. When the Zumba came out we thought well, we can still do the Zumba, but Pa­cific style.’’

She said it is es­pe­cially pleas­ing to see dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions ex­er­cis­ing to­gether.

‘‘ It’s fan­tas­tic, our doc­tors have said they’ve seen a real dif­fer­ence in some of our pa­tients who come to the classes. A lot of them tell us they’ve been need­ing some­thing like this in Can­nons Creek for a long time. Now we’re want­ing to ex­tend the pro­gramme to five days a week . . . so more can come along,’’ Ms Ma­son said.

The free classes start at 6pm on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days.

Catchy beats: Pa­cific Health Ser­vices Porirua’s aer­o­bics classes, fus­ing Zumba with a Pa­cific sen­si­bil­ity, have proved pop­u­lar among the Can­nons Creek com­mu­nity. They pack the Te Aka­puanga Hall on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days.

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