The ten week programme is designed to help those with certain heart conditions to maintain and/or improve physical fitness, enhance psychological well-being and help reduce some of the risk factors for coronary heart disease.
Sessions are held twice a week at the University of Brighton Sports Centre in Eastbourne. The exercise sessions take place in a gym specially set aside for cardiac rehabilitation.
Each session begins with a group warm-up after which each participant will follow their own personalised 30-35 minute exercise plan which will take them through exercises on a variety of gym based exercise machines.
During the session instructors monitor and supervise everyone and provide support and guidance to ensure exercise is safe and effective.
At the end of the programme each participant will be invited to an “exit” session with an exercise instructor, during which their progress will be assessed against the goals set at the start.The instructor will discuss the options available to help keep active and healthy for the future - this might include attending other local exercise classes and support groups.
With support from the Springboard grants programme, we have produced a booklet of local opportunities for physical activity, and can also loan equipment such as a pedometer or heart rate monitor for home use.
We can also offer continued support at the University Sports Centre, for example through the TOFFs programme.