Members of the Gurdon community are getting a jump start on their New Year’s resolutions thanks in part to a fun program that has returned to town.

 

Members of the Gurdon community are getting a jump start on their New Year’s resolutions thanks in part to a fun program that has returned to town.
New Zumba instructor Sissy Jester said she has found a passion in high energy workout program. According to Jester, fitness has become a way of life for her.
"I'm addicted to it now," said Jester. "I just can't get enough."
Jester recently attended a certification course to become a instructor after joining a class that was in town last November.
"I saw the way (another instructor) motivated people," said Jester. "It was just like an escape for people to get away from everyday and have some fun all while getting healthy."
The program offers participants a way to “workout without working out.”
Jester has started her classes two days a week in Gurdon with the help of the school district.
"When Lisa Turner heard what I was wanting to do we worked something out to give students the opportunity to use the resource," said Jester.
According to Jester, the district is conducting a "biggest loser" competition for students and staff as a way of promoting a healthier lifestyle.
"It's a great way for me to help them reach their goal," said Jester. "One student has already lost weight after the first class because of changes in her lifestyle."
Jester said that the participants are motivated to live healthier if they see the results without feeling like you are working out.
“Zumba is based on the principal that participants will stick to the program because it makes you feel like you're just having fun,” said Jester. "I love to dance and that's all Zumba is, dancing to you're own beat."
Jester has a big following thanks in part to the Zumba classes that have been offered here in the past.
"I'm excited to have it back in Gurdon," said Bunny Childres. "It's something that is easy for everyone even if you don't think you can do it."
The Zumba course is offered every Monday and Thursday for the public at the Gurdon Primary School gymnasium at 4:30 p. m. for a cost of $25 a month. Classes are offered to high school students free of charge on Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30 p. m. at the high school.
"We will need a bigger space for the students if they continue to join," said Jester. "I'm so excited to see the students taking advantage of the different things that the school is trying to offer as a way of making better choices for a healthier lifestyle."
Jester said it takes more than exercise to reach long-term goals.
“It’s part of a whole lifestyle change, you get what you put in.”
So far the class seems to be a hit with the participants. Jester said anyone who isn’t sure about the class can invest $5 for a “trial run.”
"I am pretty sure you'll fall in love with it," said Jester. "And you'll be back for more."