(L-R) Professor Terry Smith, Professor of Biomedical Engineering Science, NUI Galway, Ms Irene Gibson, Director of Programmes and Prevention Nurse Specialist, Croí, and Mr Joe Cosgrove, Managing Director, Kingfisher Fitness Club.
Aug 31 2015 Posted: 12:49 IST

NUI Galway, in partnership with Croí and the Kingfisher Fitness Club, has launched a new exercise programme, Exercise4Health designed specifically for those who due to a number of health issues are reluctant to engage in exercise. The aim of the programme is to make available an opportunity for those otherwise reluctant to engage in exercise or try getting fit.

Being physically active 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 expert cardiac physiotherapists/exercise specialists from Croí and delivered in conjunction with the fitness team at Kingfisher Club, 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 will take place in the Kingfisher Fitness Club at NUI Galway from 12pm-1pm every Thursday commencing on Thursday, 24 September.

Individual assessments for participants will take place from 9am-12pm on Thursday, 10 and 17 September.

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

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