The Kyogle Country Line Dancers raised the roof of the Kyogle Seniors Centre with their recent burlesque bootscooting performance.
The dancers, bedecked in a mix of western boots, checked shirts, and fishnets, were helping celebrate the end of the Super Seniors Health Challenge for 2011.
Part of the Active Kyogle project, this year’s Seniors Challenge saw 328 people join up, more than double last year.
The Kyogle Country Line Dancers performed to Christine Aguilera’s ‘But I’m a good girl’ from the movie Burlesque. Not to be outdone, volunteers from the Border Ranges Day Club gave a demonstration of the ‘Kettle exercises’ – strength and balance exercises that can be done while making a cuppa – to the classic music ‘The Stripper’.
The Border Ranges upped the ante with feather boas, and one volunteer wearing elbow-length gloves, which she removed with her teeth.
The day also featured an ‘open microphone’ where members of the 100-plus audience spoke about the improvements they had been making to their health and fitness. Some spoke about changes they noticed during the month-long health challenge, while others spoke about changes they had noticed after continuing the exercises since last year’s challenge.
Many attendees also spoke about the role of the recently-opened community gym in helping improve health and fitness, assist with weight loss, and improve balance, with one speaker saying it had given them ‘a new lease of life’.
The day featured the draw of the main prizes for Challenge participants: a weekend at Toonumbar Waters Retreat (won by Heather Nutt), a food hamper from Iron Pot Foods (Jan Buckman), and a gift voucher from Plum Vintage (Melita Luck).
Comments from previous participants
Here are just some of the comments made by people who completed the Challenge last year:
‘Both the Active Kyogle challenges have helped me to focus on my health and fitness. I have lost 8kg in weight and changed my eating and exercise habits. I thank you and would like to say well done Kyogle.’
‘I think the challenge is a lot of fun, all the better if you have someone to do it with!’
‘Joining this program has given me a bit more incentive to get walking again and do other exercises. Thank you.’
‘Doing these exercises and sticking to a balanced diet makes you a lot happier within yourself, less tired, and makes you look good.’
‘It is great to walk with a friend or family member. I have found it has improved my health problems a lot, especially my diabetes. It has improved my blood sugar levels. I will keep doing it.’
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