Fit City Success: Dancing the pounds away - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Fit City Success: Dancing the pounds away

Posted: Updated:
  • CBS19.tv Web ExclusivesMore>>

  • Web Exclusive: Technology helping house calls make a comeback

    Web Exclusive: Technology helping house calls make a comeback

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:44 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:44:03 GMT
    You know the feeling when you or your child gets sick, it can be really tough to get out of bed and drag yourself to the doctor's office.  In some places now technology is bringing the doctor to you.More >>
    You know the feeling when you or your child gets sick, it can be really tough to get out of bed and drag yourself to the doctor's office.  In some places now technology is bringing the doctor to you.More >>
  • Moms-to-be learn how to be Fit for Two

    Moms-to-be learn how to be Fit for Two

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:54 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:54:43 GMT
    Exercising during pregnancy may have more benefits than you realize. Research finds it can make labor and delivery easier on your body. There are also benefits for baby. As little as 20 minutes of moderate exercise, three times per week enhances the newborn child's brain development.  In this week's Fit City, find out how ETMC is trying to create strong moms and healthy babies with one of its programs. More >>
    Exercising during pregnancy may have more benefits than you realize. Research finds it can make labor and delivery easier on your body. There are also benefits for baby. As little as 20 minutes of moderate exercise, three times per week enhances the newborn child's brain development.  In this week's Fit City, find out how ETMC is trying to create strong moms and healthy babies with one of its programs. More >>
  • Web Exclusive: Rob Lowe is getting "sharky" for a TV network

    Web Exclusive: Rob Lowe is getting "sharky" for a TV network

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:45 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:45:11 GMT
    Actor Rob Lowe is lending his comedic talents to the Discovery channel.  In a new promo for Shark Week he throws up chum while riding two sharks.More >>
    Actor Rob Lowe is lending his comedic talents to the Discovery channel.  In a new promo for Shark Week he throws up chum while riding two sharks.More >>

TYLER (KYTX) -- As we get older, running and lifting weights becomes less of an option for staying in shape. But dancing seems to be a fountain of youth for the folks at the Tyler Senior Center.

"They're having a great time," Tyler Senior Center Supervisor Kay Odom said.

There's a spring in their step but a lot of years fill these dancing shoes. Maybe not what you'd expect from people in their late 50's into their 80's.

The class teaches dances from the waltz to the ragin cajun. Diane Nolen said the dances are helping her stay one step ahead of the aging process.

"Line dancing to me helps me keep my brain working, my muscles working," she said. 

Nolen suffers from arthritis in her knees and hips and noticed her muscle strength was deteriorating.

"I've found as I've grown older that I need to be active as much as possible so I won't be crippled up sitting in a chair and not able to move," she said.

Not only does dance work on seniors' flexibility, Odom said it also works on their cardiovascular health.

"Actually you are doing the brain aerobics when you're trying to decide if you're on the left foot right foot," she said. "Listening to the beat of the music is great brain aerobics."  

The seniors' smooth moves really add up. In one class, they danced the equivalent of four miles of walking.

Jane Praytor said even her doctor believes dance is a good prescription for fit city success.

"He said it's wonderful exercise,"she said. "It's good for the body mind and spirit and I am a testimony to that."

The dance class is so popular at the senior center, it's grown from eight people to more than 30. The dancers at the center say you don't have be an expert and that they all started as beginners.   

And one other positive -- It's all free. 

Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.