San Diego Oasis kicks off New Year with fitness for older adults

(File photo) San Diego Oasis will present a “Fitness Palooza” for older adults in January. Photo courtesy of San Diego Oasis


San Diego, CA–As the holiday season comes to a close, many older adults are now preparing for their resolutions, intentions, and goals for the new year. 

From learning new hobbies to eliminating bad habits, New Year’s resolutions can help start the year off right. To jump-start health and fitness goals in 2023, San Diego Oasis is hosting its annual in-person “Fitness Palooza” event to help local older adults kick their new year off with a positive, active and mindful beginning.

“Holiday remorse” can lead to setting unrealistic health and wellness resolutions as a guilt-driven response to indulging during the giving season. Studies show that by the second week of February, 80 percent of people give up on their resolutions, which can bring on feelings of disappointment and failure. But San Diego Oasis, an award-winning nonprofit, provides older adults opportunities to pursue vibrant, healthy, productive and meaningful lives through education and wellness classes year-round. 

“Starting a new fitness goal can be scary,” says Simona Valanciute, president and CEO, of San Diego Oasis. “But our instructors help our members through every step of their wellness journey. Whether they are looking to pick up a new dance skill, build better balance or just have fun working out, our instructors make each class experience exciting, easy, and enjoyable.”

A one-day-only event, “Fitness Palooza” will be in-person from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 6 at San Diego Oasis’ Wellness Center (located near the Restoration Hardware Outlet)  in Grossmont Center. This free event is open to the public, and no registration is required.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in 20-minute sessions highlighting some of San Diego Oasis’ dance and fitness classes, including Soul Line Dancing, Cardio Drumming, T’ai Chi Chih, and more. For those that have poor to average balance, a session on balance training will also be available.

“Fitness Palooza” gives all attendees a sneak peek at the classes offered during San Diego Oasis’ winter and spring semesters. Every year, the event encourages older adults 50 and over to come together to find their new favorite exercise obsession and step outside their comfort zones. “We’re excited to bring ‘Fitness Palooza’ back in person this year,” says Valanciute. “Our health and fitness classes continue to be some of our most popular that keep our members moving and motivated every day of the year.”

Confirmed Schedule for San Diego Oasis 2023 “FitnessPalooza”

  • 10 – 10:20 a.m. – Cardio Drumming – Andra Valencia
  • 10:30 – 10:50 a.m. – Zumba Gold – Pamela Toomes and Laura Muto
  • 11 – 11:20 a.m. – Soul Line Dancing – Ed Griffith and Lee Wells
  • 11:30 – 11:50 a.m. – Better Balance: Free from Falls – Russell Rowe
  • 12 – 12:30 p.m. – T’ai Chi Chih – Michelle Sarubbi

San Diego Oasis, a community-based organization annually hosts over 3,000 online and in-person workshops at over 40 locations to 5,600 active participants throughout San Diego County. 

To learn more about “Fitness Palooza ” or upcoming San Diego Oasis classes, visit



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