In celebration of Health Awareness Month, Fitbeat – a Zumba group – challenged Governor Ralph DLG Torres to exercise through dance.
The Fitbeat Challenge selects anyone from the community who members believe will have a big impact and encourage more community members to get active.
Torres was the first-ever weekly challenger selected this Health Awareness Month by the Zumba Group.
He accepted and joined Zumba on the evening of Tuesday May 3 at the Garapan Round House.
If he had refused, he would have been challenged to donate to the Saipan Fitbeat Lions Club or any charity of his choice.
Elected challengers can take the challenge on any date they choose, joining either the main class at 5:30 p.m. or the Zumba class at 6:30 p.m.
The governor joined Zumba with his family, including first lady Diann T. Torres.
“I can honestly say that I had such a great time while also getting a great workout. Thank you all for having me and I look forward to more Zumba sessions in the future. Stay safe CNMI and stay active,” the governor said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
He’s more than three months into his fitness journey, committing to a healthier lifestyle.
For her part, Ms. Torres praised the community group for promoting health and wellness.
“This is a program that we launched two years ago. It’s free for the general public. We extended it to Tinian. We plan to extend it to Rota. This is a Zumba class for all ages [and gender]. It’s for you and it’s free,” she said.
“It’s open and you have the opportunity. Tonight we challenged the governor to join us and he did pretty well. He did half the course without stopping… At least he did half the course because it’s really difficult actually.
Organizer Irene Holl, for her part, praised the governor for taking on the challenge and also bringing his family.
“Of course, we’re inspired by the governor who leads the wellness and fitness movement at CNMI, so we decided to do the Fitbeat Challenge,” she said.
“We offer free courses to the community, open to everyone. We hope that with the arrival of the governor, we can inspire more members of the community to join us.
About 40 participants join each session every day.
“I know people are more excited about doing something,” Holl said, referring to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. “They have been inactive and are now looking for something to do. It’s a fun way to exercise, so come join us, any day of the week.