There are currently four classes offered weekly:
· Monday and Wednesday, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
· Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Hardy Hearts is a community-based cardiac activity/rehabilitation program held at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging. Members of the program are prescribed exercise training programs or activities.
The program is supervised by University of Waterloo staff and students. Hardy Hearts staff assist with program delivery and exercise prescription. 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 cardiovascular warm-up
40 minutes of aerobic and resistance training
10-minute cool-down and stretch
Participants wear comfortable clothing and shoes for physical activity. There are limited changing facilities available; do not bring valuables.