Group takes exercise to heart

Alice Spence jumps for joy at the classes
Alice Spence jumps for joy at the classes

A Banchory fitness group has set up a class designed specifically for people with, or at risk of, cardiac problems.

Lead by a team of qualified instructors, the group is run by the Grampian Cardiac Rehabillitation Association (G.C.R.A)- a registered Scottish charity.

Alice Spence, of Drumoak, is one of the group: “I had a heart attack a while back and I was feeling pretty weak but I think the classes have definitely benefitted me.”

“Many others in the class have also come on leaps and bounds so I can’t thank them enough for that. It’s great to see people there and I would say we are a pretty happy group to be a part of.”

People of all ages are welcome to attend, whether having suffered a cardiac problem or who may be at risk of one.

The exercises at the classes can be either used to improve fitness or maintain it at a higher level, with the G.C.R.A claiming the classes can help those with cardiac issues recover more quickly.

Classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Banchory sports centre from 11.30am- 12.30. Participation can be at any or all of these sessions.

Participants need to complete a G.C.R.A membership form with an annual fee of £5 to satisfy insurance requirements.Sessions are £3 each.

If you would like any more information on the Grampian Cardiac Rehabillitation Society, or would like to know more about the class, you can contact: 01888 569160 or visit: