Heart Wise And The YMCA - YMCA of Three Rivers Waterloo Region

Heart Wise And The YMCA

WHAT IS HEART WISE EXERCISE?

Logo of Heart Wise Exercise

Heart Wise exercise guidelines were developed by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.  A program or class at our YMCA that is designated and approved as Heart Wise will have the Heart Wise Exercise logo.  Heart Wise exercise classes meet the following criteria: 

  1. Encourages regular, daily aerobic exercise
  2. Encourages and incorporates warm up, cool down and self-monitoring with all exercise sessions
  3. Allows participants to exercise at a safe level and offers options to modify intensity
  4. Includes participants with chronic health conditions – physician approval may be required
  5. Offers health screening for all participants
  6. Has a documented emergency plan that is known to all exercise leaders, including the requirement of current CPR certification, phone access to local paramedic services and presence of a defibrillator.

Approved Heart Wise program classes cover different types of exercise with different levels of intensity. 

Please visit Ottawa Heart Institute for further information: https://heartwise.ottawaheart.ca/