A new ‘healthy hearts’ exercise programme has been launched by Andover Leisure Centre to help people suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes.
The classes, which are part of the new Valley Leisure Every Body Active scheme – that aims to get everybody exercising, no matter what their physical challenges – are also useful for people who are overweight and obese.
The exercises have been specially devised to help people reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
They’re also suitable for people as they recover from a heart attack or heart surgery. It’s designed as a good follow on from a hospital based exercise programme to prevent further cardiac complications.
The classes work by keeping the heart and lungs fit and healthy through a fun and enjoyable cardiovascular circuit session.
“Keeping active is essential for good health, both to prevent chronic disease and manage the symptoms of many long term conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity which can all reduce our quality of life,” said Sammy Meredith, Valley Leisure’s Healthy Hearts instructor.
Sammy added: “Healthy Hearts is a great way to improve your heart and lung health. And as the circuit style class feature many everyday activities, people of all ages and fitness abilities can take part and benefit.”
To get fitter and healthier with Healthy Hearts people need to join the Every Body Active programme. People can join by being referred by a health professional, including a GP, a practice nurse or a physiotherapist.
For more information call 01264 347100.