A new exercise class aimed at reintroducing older and inactive people into light activity has launched in Romsey.

Around 50 older and less active people joined in the free Zumba® Gold Toning launch taster evening at Crosfield Hall, Romsey and did 40 minutes of salsa, squats and even air guitar.

The event marked the second phase of the Move More with Zumba® Fitness programme which is funded by Sport England, Sporta, Zumba® Fitness LLC, and Sport Hampshire Isle of Wight and delivered by leisure trust, Valley Leisure.

The dancers were treated to the taster session for free. Adi Phillips, from Public Health England, also shared tips about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet in later life and the explained the importance of staying active by attending classes such as Zumba® Gold Toning.

“Because Zumba® Gold Toning is a low intensity class, it allows people to move at their own pace and apply the amount of effort that they are comfortable with,” said Liz Murray, Valley Leisure’s community manager.

“The light weights used make these classes great for improving muscle strength, which in turn helps those who are older or less active to do simple everyday tasks, such as gardening, or even opening jars,” Liz added.

More Zumba® Gold Toning sessions are now running at Romsey Rapids Sports Complex and at other venues across the Test Valley. See www.valleyleisure.co.uk for the full timetable.