New Exercise4Health Programme proves successful!

New Exercise4Health Programme proves successful!

Exercise4Health is a new programme designed specifically for those who wish to improve their general health and wellbeing, and for those who due to a number of health issues are reluctant to engage in exercise. The programme has been launched recently as a collaboration between NUI Galway, Croi and the Kingfisher Fitness Club.

To date 90 participants have been through the programme and it is having positive results on participants’ cardiovascular health. “This new initiative is proving very popular and we have capacity to cater for many more people who are interested in joining us” says our Specialist Physiotherapist, Denise Dunne

Being physically active improves fitness and general health, and prevents and helps control a multitude of health problems, especially, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. Exercise4Health provides a locally accessible opportunity for those with diabetes, heart disease, pulmonary disease; those recovering from stroke or cancer or those with breathing difficulties or other long-term health conditions, to commence a safe and beneficial exercise programme. The programme is ideally suited to anyone trying to reduce weight or indeed improve their overall health and wellbeing.

The six-week rolling exercise programme is specially designed to suit all levels of current fitness and prior to enrolling for the classes, participants will be provided with a medical assessment to ascertain their fitness level.

This new programme, led by our expert cardiac physiotherapists and exercise specialists is delivered in conjunction with the fitness team at KingfisherClub and will provide participants with:

  • An assessment of their existing fitness level and a personalised plan for improvement
  • Fitness classes delivered at a level to suit everyone
  • Weekly heart-rate monitoring and personal progress tracking
  • A motivating and enjoyable fitness programme which can be continued at home and which if followed will provide a measurable improvement in fitness levels

Professor Terry Smith, Professor of Biomedical Engineering Science at NUI Galway said, “This exciting new partnership between NUI Galway, Croí and the Kingfisher Fitness Club aims to provide a community based exercise initiative which will significantly help to improve the health and wellbeing of people suffering from a range of chronic illnesses. Participants will only undertake exercise activities that suit their individual abilities and needs. The benefits are not just improved physical health, but meeting other participants and the fitness team at the Kingfisher Club also provides a great social outlet.”

The Exercise4Health programme takes place in the Kingfisher Fitness Club and Dangan Hall at NUI Galway from 12pm-1pm every Thursday. New term starting on the 24th March 2016.

For further information or to book a place on this exciting new programme call Croí now on 091 544310


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