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April 15, 2012

Get up and get moving to the beat

Fitness group gives demonstration to Greencroft residents.

GOSHEN — These days, getting healthier is something many people talk about doing, but don’t always put into action.

Babetta Boling, founder and director of “Drums Alive” and the Golden Beats group is aiming to change that.

“Our purpose and mission is to share the joy of movement and hope that (people) find some joy in movement and make it a ‘get to’ instead of a ‘have to,’” said Boling, 56, of Elkhart.

The Golden Beats is an exercise group of members age 56 and older. They have been meeting three times a week at the Elkhart YMCA for a little over a year now.

Boling has a degree in physical education and health and has made it a goal to encourage others to move.

She says she’s had people ask her what they should do and she says to do whatever “you will do.”

“Whatever people find joy in, when they first get out of bed in the morning, is what they will do long term,” she said. “Movement is important for every physical system; heart, mind, body and soul.”

When the group members aren’t  having their regular meetings, they give demonstrations and workshops, such as one this week at Greencroft Goshen, that encourage others to find whatever it is that they will enjoy doing in terms of movement.

The Greencroft demonstration included drum routines to music. The group demonstrated drumming on exercise balls in large plastic  tubs before getting the Greencroft residents involved.

“For quality of life long term, people need to move and they need to do it on a regular and consistent basis,” Boling said. “And the way that they will do that is to find something that is joyful and will make them want to move.”

Boling speaks to the crowd about her own background; she’s had hip replacement surgery and has an undiagnosed dietary problem, but she has overcome it and continues to exercise and move.

Boling asks the audience, “What do you get to do? (Not) have to do something, nobody is cracking the whip at you but what do you get to do?”

Golden Beats member Jane Iavagnilio, 72, has been in the group for just over a year and says she has lost 100 pounds.

“It makes you feel wonderful, you feel so good when you’re done,” she said.

Even if it isn’t this program, Boling encourages others to get out and start exercising.

“Take small steps,” she says. “Begin today.”

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Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

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