Dr. Mark Magdanz
Well, that’s a great, unanswerable question. The projection of Ariz. case numbers as of this writing say that we would peak the last week of June. If that comes true, and one follows current relaxation guidelines from Washington, we would have relaxation two weeks later. It’s scary to ponder another 80 days away from most contacts in our world, but I guess we should remember that what we do now is for the benefit of our families and neighbors.
When I feel like throwing in the towel with isolation and distancing, I force myself to remember that this is like rowing upriver. If you want to get where you are going, you have to continue to row all the way there. If you stop, you drift back on the current to where you started and gain nothing for your efforts. We’ve now spent most of two months and are far upriver from where we began in delaying the spread of COVID-19 in our community. If we keep up the process, we will have the time to allow medicine to catch up to our needs.
From a practical standpoint, we’ve been asked by fitness leaders to devise our strategy for a return to classes. We can tell you this: we won’t function as canaries in the coal mine. Class size will likely be more restricted. It also is not really practical to dance/exercise in face masks. So, we will likely be starting after all outdoor activities. We will be starting after solitary gym activities. We will be starting after sedentary activities where a mask can be comfortably worn. So, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, we’ll be back … as soon as it’s safe.
Line dance is mild to moderate interval training. Dancing produces alternating periods of higher intensity work with periods of low intensity recovery. The key to interval training is to continue to increase the work intensity over several weeks. Each class series starts slower and builds intensity as overall fitness improves. The best exercise is the one you actually do.
There will be four classes each week in SaddleBrooke, two for beginner/Level 1 dances and two for Level 2 dancers with more experience. Rebecca will give you the fundamentals of dance for years of dancing enjoyment. This activity allows you to get some exercise, improve your balance and coordination, and enjoy new friends. Classes in adult communities must be mindful of physical limitations. Rebecca takes pride in professionally modifying dance components to accommodate the individual’s physical limitations, safety, comfort, and development.
Her classes for 2020 are accepting reservations and now is a good time to place your name on one of the class lists. The next series starts as soon as is practical and safe. Contact Rebecca Magdanz at [email protected] or 520-818-2656. Rebecca is a 15+ year full-time SaddleBrooke resident who has taught fellow residents in the SaddleBrooke community for more than 13 years.