Exercise gives Bert a boost

An 80-year-old grandfather, from Sheffield, who struggled to walk up the hill to his nearest tram stop has found a new lease of life thanks to a GP referral exercise scheme. 'Bert Worrall, from Owlthorpe, had limited mobility after a heart attack in the 90s left his health in serious decline before being told he had heart failure.
An 80-year-old grandfather, from Sheffield, who struggled to walk up the hill to his nearest tram stop has found a new lease of life thanks to a GP referral exercise scheme. 'Bert Worrall, from Owlthorpe, had limited mobility after a heart attack in the 90s left his health in serious decline before being told he had heart failure.
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An 80-year-old Sheffield grandad who once struggled to walk to his nearest tram stop says he has found a new lease of life.

Bert Worrall, from Owlthorpe, suffered poor health after a heart attack more than a decade ago.

But has a new-found energy after starting a new exercise regime.

He was sent to Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre as part of a GP referral scheme, after cardiac rehabilitation on the NHS.

The retired shop fitter takes part in circuit work-outs and uses the gym equipment – and has even managed to take part in a sponsored fun run.

Bert said: “The GP referral scheme has really boosted my confidence.

“Before I started the exercise scheme, I couldn’t walk to either of the tram stops near my house because they were both uphill. It really restricted my life.

“Now I feel much more able to get around, and have the confidence to walk further.”

The grandfather-of-three said: “I take part in circuit work-outs for people with heart problems like me, and use the gym for gentle exercises. Now I don’t struggle as much.”

The 12-week course is prescribed to patients who need exercise to tackle both low and high-risk health conditions.

Jo Strong, cardiac rehabilitation instructor at the Graves centre in Norton, devised a tailored exercise plan for Bert.

Jo said: “I am so pleased with the improvement in Bert’s health and confidence.

“We have a great time when he comes here and he has even joined the gym so he can exercise in between sessions.”

Bert celebrated his new fitness by taking part in a fun run, raising £125 for British Heart Foundation.

He said: “I would say to anyone with heart failure that it isn’t the end, and, although I was sceptical at first, this scheme has changed my life and it could for others.”

n Visit www.sivltd.com/exercise-referral-programme, call 0114 2574426 or ask a GP for more details.