- Posted February 1, 2014 by
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Inspiring 82-year-old Stays Active and Fit Through Fast-Paced Zumba and regular Exercise
“The bottom line is we need to exercise to be healthy,” said Tarran. “It’s good for the mind; it’s good for the body; ultimately, I call it my medicine.”
Tarran has been physically active throughout her life playing tennis for over 25 years, participating in various aerobics exercise classes and taking frequent walks to enjoy the outdoors. She recognizes being healthy means making healthful choices when eating and doing a variety of activities to help a variety of muscles.
“I enjoy an aerobics class on Monday, Tai Chi on Tuesday and Zumba on Saturday to make sure I’m working out in some way at least three times a week,” said Tarran. “I like that Zumba is a fun-filled group exercise class with the lively music for fast-paced exercise, which is good for your heart. But I also like solitary exercise and often take long walks alone to enjoy the outdoors and the music on my iPod.”
Tarran refers to music as her “companion” and listens to everything from Springstein to classical music. She also goes to the fitness center at Oshman Family Jewish Community Center next door to Moldaw on her own to use the equipment there and do weight-varying exercises for strength-building. Some of the classes she attends are offered there, but the Tai Chi class is provided at Moldaw.
“Generally, I prefer aerobics exercises because you get so many benefits across the board from those, but I find Tai Chi very beneficial too because of the increased balance and strength you get from that form of exercise,” said Tarran.
Tarran believes that exercising and leading an active lifestyle is about staying healthy overall. Whether it involves a challenging aerobics class or just taking regular walks, it is important to be doing something. It simply takes that initial commitment to start, and the earlier in life that is done, the healthier and happier life will be down the road.
“It can be hard to start exercising when you reach a certain age and if you hadn’t done so before. For me, I’ve been enjoying aerobics for a long time, so it’s hard to stop,” said Tarran. “If a few days go by and I haven’t exercised, I feel different; I feel achy. Exercise helps work those kinds of things out and makes me feel stronger and better all around.”
“It is so encouraging to see our residents, like Adele, maintaining their active lifestyles around campus,” said Miki Raver. “She is a powerful example of the way exercise keeps us all healthy and can be great for our mental health, as well as our physical fitness. Anyone starting a new year’s resolutions to get fit should look to the seniors right here at Moldaw for inspiration on ways to stay dedicated.”
ABOUT MOLDAW RESIDENCES
Moldaw Residences is an innovative senior living community located at the 8.5 acre Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, adjacent to the 130,000 square foot Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. As a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), Moldaw Residences enables older adults to age in place by providing independent living, assisted living and memory support. Opened in 2009, Moldaw Residences offers 193 maintenance free, spacious apartment homes and extensive social and cultural amenities. Affiliated with the Jewish Senior Living Group, it is open to all faiths, ethnicities, and racial background.
For more information about Moldaw Residences of Palo Alto, visit www.moldaw.org or call (800) 873-9614.