Join Date: Apr 2007
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Yes and yes Keith.
Chris went to them after his heart attack. They were run by the British Heart Foundation. He, and the other people there, found them very beneficial. Chris, like you, was not overweight but it is not about getting a fit looking body it is about conditioning the heart and lungs to work more efficiently. He was carefully monitored, during all the exercises, to make sure he was not straining his heart. He had to wear a monitor on his wrist that would beep if he over did any of the exercises.
Most of the people on his course found the classes beneficial. Chris was very gung ho and confident about his heart failure but some people were very, very nervous and frightened to even get out of their chair at home. I am sure it saved their lives because you could see them improve and grow in confidence each week. In Chris's case they were able to make him take things at a steadier pace rather than pushing himself to the limit all the time!