There are currently four classes offered weekly:
· Monday and Thursday, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
· Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Hardy Hearts is a community-based cardiac activity/rehabilitation program held at the Grand River Hospital Auditorium. Participants within the program are prescribed exercise training programs or activities. Membership within the Hardy Hearts program ranges from 30 to 80, and some members have attended this program in excess of fifteen years!
The program is supervised by University of Waterloo staff and students. Hardy Hearts staff assist with exercise equipment and lead activity sessions. Heart rate and blood pressure checks are available. Heart rate monitors (Polar) are encouraged to be worn by participants throughout the sessions. Nursing staff and resuscitation equipment (medications and defibrillators) are on site for medical issues. There have been no fatalities in this program.
The Hardy Hearts program consists of 1-hour exercise sessions twice a week. The session itself consists of:
- · resting blood pressure and heart rate checks
- · 10-minute group warm-up
- · 40 minutes cardio, strength and games (e.g., hockey, badminton)
- · 10-minute group cool-down and stretch
Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes for physical activity. There are limited changing facilities available; do not bring valuables.