Older adult exercises

Pickin' A Chicken

I’ve chosen a song this week that was a 1956 hit in South Africa, the country my husband was born and raised in.  It was sung by a woman who was originally from Hungary, moved to Britain and then moved with her family to South Africa as part of the Boswell Circus when World War Two was looming.

In 1949 she returned to Britain to work with well known bandleader Geraldo   at his request. In 1952 after her departure from Geraldo’s big band, she launched her solo career and made her mark with a tune called..


This weeks song of the week has been a favourite on my December Swingin’ Fitness playlist for the past few years. It is a humorous Hanukkah parody with a calypso-ish rhythm and it is ideal for your chair exercise program. If your older adult participants prefer to stand during class, this song provides the perfect opportunity to do more of a salsa or cha cha type move at a manageable tempo.

Hana-Calypso is the type of tune I get excited about because it joyfully celebrates the season with a different twist….you can do that too if you wish! Written by songwriter, performer Kenny Ellis who is also by the way a cantor, the song is from his 2005 debut release “Hanukkah Swings!”. The entire recording is top notch in all respects. The musicianship, production quality and arrangements are excellent which is no surprise.......