New evening class at swimming pool gym for Angus Cardiac Group

The class will be taken by Melanie Thirde, a qualified exercise instructor.
The class will be taken by Melanie Thirde, a qualified exercise instructor.

The Angus Cardiac Group is introducing a new class at the gym at the Forfar Swimming Pool for those diagnosed or treated for a cardiac problem and who work through the day.

Circuit based cardiac rehabilitation classes have been running successfully for 10 years at Lochside Leisure Centre in Forfar.

Chair-based and gym-based exercise classes are also available and all classes are as a result of the partnership between Angus Cardiac Group, Angus Community Health Partnership (NHS) and Angus Council Leisure Services.

The daytime classes may not be suitable for those working during the day and, for that reason, an evening class will be starting in the fitness suite at Forfar baths on Monday, January 26 from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m.

Everyone attending will be assessed for their suitability to exercise.

Gordon Snedden, Angus Cardiac Group chairman, said: “This is an ideal opportunity for those of us with a cardiac condition to exercise at an evening class. Exercise is important for everyone, from the very young to the very old, but it is particularly important for those with a long-term health condition. Exercise can help those with a long-term condition to lead longer, healthier and happier lives. Exercise should be at a level to suit each individual and this can mean doing chair-based exercises, circuit exercises or going to the fitness suite in your nearest leisure centre or, in this case, Forfar Swimming Pool. As an added incentive to encourage those with a new diagnosis of cardiac disease to exercise regularly we are offering eight attendances at this, or any other exercise class, free of charge. This evening class is open to anyone with any cardiac condition including those already attending daytime classes.”

Details of classes can be obtained from leisure centres or the Angus Cardiac Group website at Anyone interested, contact Karen Fletcher, CHD/Stroke Prevention Co-ordinator/Registered Nurse on 01307 474894 or