Upbeat Heart Support Group is a registered independent charity set up by ex-cardiac patients with the aim of providing exercise, social and health educational activities for those who have had heart attacks or other heart related problems and their partner or carer.
Upbeat exercise sessions are run by qualified professional instructors and overseen by cardiac advisors. Exercise sessions are held weekly at Bury St Edmunds in the mornings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and in the evenings on Fridays and at Sudbury on Tuesday mornings.
As well as encouraging exercise, Upbeat offers a range of social and educational events to provide members with opportunities to understand and discuss heart issues as well as the all important mutual support. This is particularly helpful for those for whom exercise may not be an option.
The Bury morning sessions have gone from strength to strength. The original Wednesday session started 7 years ago. We had 10-12 members attend the exercise sessions, over the last 7 years we have grown to 10 sessions with over 100 members exercising every week. Every week at different venues 14 exercise sessions are offered and Upbeat currently has 850 members! What makes us unique is we offer various sessions. We offer a standard circuit style session, aerobic sessions but also chair based sessions for our members with limited exercise tolerance and/or mobility problems. Every member is encouraged to exercise and adaptive exercise if readily available. All members have a smile on their face and we recently featured in the British Heart Foundation magazine August 2008 edition with the headline ‘Bury’s Bubbly Bunch’. Every year we hold festive parties, members dress in fancy dress and every year costumes have got more vibrant, the atmosphere is very welcoming, the support to each other is excellent.