Most people nearing retirement age think about slowing down and taking things a little easier – not Emma Crisp.

The Ennis resident, who turns 65 in October, is becoming leaner and toning up to reach a goal of participating in a 5K walk in November.

“My husband and son both told me that it would help me both physically and mentally. It gives you some self-confidence back. It allows you do some of the things that you did years ago and you wondered if you would be able to do again,” Crisp said.

“When I first started I couldn’t move down or up. I also had a total knee replacement on my right knee a little over three years ago,” she said. “I had rehabbed really well from it and gotten to where I could walk pretty good and I just kind of ended the rehab and quit doing the exercises. (After while) I had no energy and had no real flexibility.”

Crisp began working out at the senior center in June after hearing about the new building from center director Cindi Schneider.

Although Crisp hasn’t seen a lot of weight loss, she has become more toned. Her mobility has improved and she’s become more limber. 

Crisp said part of her success is due to the Zumba Gold workout class offered at the center. Zumba is a high intensity one-hour workout that combines Latin music and aerobics.

“We have great participation in the Zumba,” Crisp said. “It is very aerobic and it is slow and then fast. It is a lot of fun.

“A lot of people think that they can’t do it, but I was very much out of shape when I started,” she said. “I just retired last year and I sat at a desk for years and years and gained weight. I didn’t really do anything other than just work, sleep and eat.

“I think most of us do better when we have some interaction with a group and it makes it fun because you look forward to it. Not only do you have the interaction that is good for you mentally and socially, it is also good for you because it gives you a good physical workout. It is total wellness.”

Zumba is offered at the senior center at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, moving to 8:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as of Sept. 1.

Crisp said she wants to encourage other seniors to take advantage of the health-oriented programs offered at the center.

For more information, call 972-937-8271. The center is located at 122 Park Hills Drive.

Contact Andrew at andrew.branca@wninews. com or 469-517-1458.