The power of cycling: Pat Horan, 70, shares his recovery story

This week is Men’s Health Week. Croí cyclist, Pat Horan, shares his story to help raise awareness and support others.

Pat Horan, from Aglish in North Tipperary, credits his daily hour of cycling for keeping him fit and healthy at 70 years of age. Well known as the owner of Pat Horan Motors, a family run business with motorhomes and campers for sale, Pat is gearing up for the Croí Corrib Cycle, in aid of a charity that is very close to his heart.

In 2017, while Pat was out for his daily cycle and only one mile from home, he lost all energy and knew something wasn’t right. He didn’t have the typical heart attack symptoms of chest pain, but he knew he needed to get to the doctor right away. Pat was rushed to Limerick where he received stents in his heart, and then was referred to Dublin for a triple heart bypass.

Pat went to great lengths to reduce his risk of heart disease, even cutting out butter, sugar and salt from his diet over 25 years ago, but Pat’s family history was something that could not be modified. His advice for people recovering from heart surgery is to get out and get active: “You will be sore, but get out and go for a walk. Fresh air is amazing… do what you can and drink plenty of water,” says Horan.

Pat credits cycling and his fitness level for keeping him alive. “I go at my own pace, I like cycling on my own as there is no pressure. I head off at 8am in the morning and it sets me up for the day,” says Horan.

Pat on his bike

Pat is a motor sport enthusiast, and is looking forward to the restrictions being lifted so he can travel to Europe again to compete in the rallies with his youngest daughter, Noelle, his co-pilot. They have been invited to the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the last number of years and also have taken part in the Legendary Eifel Rally Festival.

Pat is looking forward to a great day out at the Croí Corrib Cycle on Sunday, July 11th. Learn more and register now at croi.ie/cycle. Funds raised support Croí’s work in fighting heart disease and stroke.

Trick or Treat yourself Fit with Croí

The trick to getting fit and staying healthy is picking the right exercise for you. To give you a helping hand, Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity, have developed a new class timetable in a virtual format so you have the ability to participate from the comfort of your own home! These classes include: Mojo Moves, Nifty Lifters, Yoga, Yogalates, CLANN Fitness and Regenerate.

The treat is that being physically active prevents and helps control a multitude of health problems especially heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. Our class offerings provide accessible fun and enjoyable fitness solutions. We offer an opportunity for healthy individuals and those with diabetes, heart disease, pulmonary disease and other long-term health condition, to commence safe and beneficial exercise led by trained professionals. Classes are ideally suited to anyone trying to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

“Our classes have been very successful over the past few years and thus we now see the need to improve and increase our virtual offerings. Many of our participants have improved their cardiovascular fitness, decreased their risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and overall participants are living healthier lives,” says Croi’s Physiotherapy Manager, Denise Dunne.

Classes include both aerobic and weight lifting offerings and are specially designed to suit all levels of fitness. Prior to enrolling in the classes, individuals will be assessed to ascertain current fitness levels and exercise will be prescribed based on this assessment. “The social interaction and group inclusion is also another benefit of our classes. Over the last few months it has been a pleasure to see the many friendships develop between class members, albeit virtually,” says Dunne.

Participants really enjoy the classes, saying: “Just brilliant – did things I have never done before” and “enjoyed all aspects of the class, the structure was excellent and the variety of exercises was very good”. Above all, participants commented that “it helps me to continue on the right track”.

Classes start the week of October 27th online via Zoom. For further information or to book a place on any of our classes please head over to our website www.croi.ie/classes or call Croí on 091-544310.

Croí’s new classes will get you moving!

Improving your cardiovascular fitness is one of the most positive New Year’s resolutions you can make in 2020. To give you a helping hand, the heart health experts at Croí Centre have developed a new class timetable with offerings to get the blood pumping! Classes include Zumba, Nifty Lifters, Yoga, Pilates, Fit@Fifty+ and our popular and enjoyable Walking Football and Back to Fitness classes.

Being physically active prevents and helps control a multitude of health problems, especially heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. Croí’s classes are ideally suited to anyone trying to reduce weight or improve their overall health and wellbeing, and include both aerobic and weight-lifting offerings.

“We are delighted to launch our new timetable for 2020. Our classes are so beneficial for participants, helping people to improve their fitness, decrease their risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, and overall live healthier lives,” says Croí’s Specialist Cardiac Physiotherapist, Denise Dunne.

Prior to enrolling in the classes individuals will be assessed to ascertain current fitness levels and exercise will be prescribed based on this assessment. Croí offers an opportunity for those with diabetes, heart disease, pulmonary disease and other long-term health conditions to commence safe and beneficial exercise led by trained professionals. “The social interaction and group inclusion is also another vital part of the benefits of our classes. Over the last few years it has been a pleasure to see the many friendships develop between class members,” says Dunne.

Classes start back on January 6, 2020 in Croí Centre with some new offerings also available locally in Oranmore. See the new class timetable at www.croi.ie/classes and call Croí on 091-544310 to book your place.