Top tips How to get active indoors
Dreary weather can make it harder to exercise outside. With help from experts Jayne Miller and Sarah Spuffard, Rachael Healy presents a guide to keep you moving without leaving the house.
Video: Strength exercises using everyday objects
Follow along to our strength exercises video and try out these everyday alternatives to weights, in the comfort of your own home.
If you have difficulty standing or walking, it doesn’t have to mean exercise is out of the question. A specialist gives us some chair-based exercises you can try at home.
Video: Lisa’s 10-minute workout
BHF Physical Activity Specialist Lisa Young offers tips on how you can be active every day, and demonstrates a 10-minute workout you can do in your living room.
Yoga exercises you can try at home
Try this chair-based yoga sequence for a taste of yoga in your own home.
5 more easy chair exercises
For those with mobility issues, chair-based exercise is a great way to build your fitness. Personal trainer Hyde Phillips provides 5 easy-to-follow chair exercises.
Video: 10 strength exercises to do at home
Keeping active will help you maintain your independence. Try these 10 simple activities to improve your strength and balance.
5 ways to spend less time sitting down
Research has shown that people who spend long periods of time sitting down have higher rates of heart and circulatory diseases, as well as diabetes. Follow our five top tips to help keep you moving throughout the day.
Walking in a winter wonderland
When winter arrives, it doesn’t mean an end to enjoying the outdoors. Go outside and relish great health benefits and stunning winter scenery.
Living with a heart condition
The benefits of group exercise
Exercising in a group is an enjoyable and sociable way to get active again after a heart event. Katherine Woods hears how it's helped Mary and Alan make lasting friendships.
Tips on getting fit after a heart event
Keeping fit doesn’t just mean joining a sports club or signing up for a marathon. Simply building on activities that you already do can make a difference.
Easing back into exercise after a heart event
With a heart problem, it can be hard to know how much exercise is too much. Our Senior Cardiac Nurse offers advice on where to start.
Can I still exercise with a heart condition?
We answer some common questions and provide expert tips around exercising with a heart condition.
10 things to do in a park this summer
Summer is the perfect time to get your friends and family to the park and get active with outdoor fun and games. Discover ten activities to do in your local park.
Swapping running for swimming
Determined to stay healthy, Matt Hardman swapped running for swimming after his cardiac arrest.
Ruby gets back into walking
With the right advice, exercise can be good for your body and mind. Claire Shaw hears how Ruby got back into walking after her diagnoses.
Top tips for summer walking
Walking is a great way to exercise during the summer, and is an easy way to help you lose weight and become healthier.
Quiz: Which fitness activity suits you?
Fitness classes or other types of activity can be a great way to help reduce your risk of heart disease. Try our fun quiz to give you some inspiration.
How to start getting active
It’s never too late to start being active. Follow these practical tips and do something you can be proud of.
6 tips for getting fit after 50
The benefits of getting fit when you're older can be huge, particularly if you've had heart problems. We've got 6 top tips to help you get fit later in life.
Watch: What happens when you exercise?
We all know exercise is good for us, but what actually happens inside your body when you get active? Watch our animation to find out, and read more about how exercise can help your heart.
Practising tai chi
Activities such as tai chi offer many wellbeing benefits. Find out why it's a great accompaniment to aerobic exercise.
Fitness fact or fiction?
There’s lots of misinformation out there about when, where and how you should be exercising. We reveal the reality behind the fiction.
Karate after heart bypass surgery: Chris's story
Fitness enthusiast Chris Whittam tells Rachael Healy how his love of karate and the determination it creates helped him recover from heart bypass surgery
Taking up fencing after a heart attack: Phil's story
Heart attack survivor Phil Barr, 58, found that taking up fencing helped him get back in shape - just in time to walk his daughter down the aisle. He shares his story.
50 years of running with a heart condition: Lawrence's story
Lawrence Woodley’s been a keen runner for more than half a century. He tells Rachael Healy how he’s adapted his hobby to accommodate his heart condition.
Taking on swimming challenges for the BHF
Nicola Porter and Natalie Massey took on incredible swimming challenges to support the BHF. They tell Rosalie Starling how they prepared and what inspired them.
Improving your fitness may feel daunting, but the benefits can be huge. Rosalie Starling meets three people who haven’t let heart conditions stop them.
Swimming the Channel for the BHF: Nicola's story
Natalie Massey, 28, took on the challenge of swimming the Channel to support the BHF. She tells Rosalie Starling how she prepared and what inspired her.
Walking to get fit after 50: Kevin's story
Kevin Ibbertson, 58, found that his love for walking helped him recover after his heart attack. He shares his story.
11 free walking apps
Need some extra inspiration to get walking? Why not try one of these free walking apps for your smartphone? We've reviewed eleven of them.
Swimming is a great way to get fit and build strength. Lifelong swimmer Ivor Pope tells Rachael Healy about the benefits.
How can being active help you prepare for heart surgery?
Being active can help you prepare for surgery and improve your recovery. Rachael Healy puts common questions to two experts.
Living with a heart condition
Walking after a heart attack: Stewart's story
Walking on the South Downs and listening to music helped Stewart Prosser find his way after a heart attack, as he tells Sarah Brealey
8 free fitness apps
Getting fit doesn't have to feel like a chore. We've compiled a list of our top free fitness apps that might even make you forget you’re working out.
Our walking section contains all the inspiration and advice you need to get active in the great outdoors, whatever the time of year.
6 reasons to play bowls
Bowls is a social sport, suitable for all levels of fitness. Check out our six reasons why you should give bowls a try.
8 ways to get active every day
BHF Physical Activity Specialist Lisa Young offers tips on how we can make ourselves more active.
5 free swimming apps
Tracking your swimming progress is a great way to stay motivated. We've picked out 5 free apps to use on dry land that will encourage you to keep going when you're in the pool.
From practical tips to real life stories to beautiful places to ride your bike, our cycling section has everything for those who want to take to two wheels.
How I returned to fell walking after heart problems
After a triple bypass operation, avid fell walker Martin Booth thought his walking days were behind him, but gradually returned to his mission to 'bag the Birketts'. He tells us how he did it, and reflects on the joys and challenges of hill walking.
After heart bypass surgery, Martin started conquering the hills of England
After heart bypass surgery Martin started conquering the hills of England. He shares his motivational health tips along with his inspiring story.
6 reasons to dance your way back to health
Looking for a new way to get fit? There are lots of ways dancing can improve your health, whatever your age or ability.
Going to the gym to get fit after 50: Patrick's story
Patrick Sawdon, 64, has made exercise a big part of his life since joining a gym after heart bypass surgery nine years ago. He explains the impact going to the gym regularly has had on his health.
Dave walked back to health 'one step at a time' after a heart attack
Dave Altoft's story shows how walking can be a great way to improve your health after heart problems - and walking can be addictive!
How to get running
Want to take up running? Here are some quick tips to get you started.
The 7 best free running apps
Running is a great way to get fit and shed a few pounds. We've picked our favourite free running apps to help you reach your goals.
Returning to running after heart problems – Helen's story
Hitting the road can give you time to think and a sense of achievement. We meet Helen Doyle whose running goals kept her recovery on track.
Why you should take up table tennis
A sport with worldwide appeal, table tennis can be played by all ages and abilities, even after a heart event. Find out how to get involved.
10 strangest places to play table tennis
You don’t have to be in a community centre to play table tennis. We’ve tracked down 10 free tables in exciting locations around the UK.
Whether you’re taking up jogging for the first time or training for a marathon, our running section has all the inspiration and information you need.
Walking football after a heart attack – Brian’s story
Even if you can’t run like as you used to, football can still be an option. Learn how Brian King set up a walking football team after his heart attack.
9 surprising walking activities
Walking is a great way to get active - it's fun, flexible and free. But if you're looking for something more unusual than a stroll in your local park, check out our guide.
How do I start exercising again after a heart attack or heart surgery?
It’s good to stay active after a heart attack or heart surgery, but where do you start? Sarah Brealey shares tips from cardiac rehabilitation experts.
Choosing the right running shoes
It’s important to invest in a pair of proper running shoes if you want to start training. This advice will help you find the right trainers.
Playing football after a heart attack – Chris’s story
When Chris Courtenay Williams had a heart attack, he feared he’d have to quit his favourite game. He tells us how he got back to playing 5-a-side..
John's long distance walk
A heart attack didn't stop John Roberts doing long distance walking. Learn how he fulfilled a lifelong dream and conquered Offa’s Dyke.
Long distance paths
Long-distance paths provide some of the best ways of exploring the stunning landscapes of the British Isles. Here's a guide to some of our favourite National Trails and other long distance paths around the UK.
17 of the best cycling photos
Get inspired to get on your bike with our selection of some of the world's greatest cycling photos.
Get fit for free
Keep active following these 9 ways to shape up that will cost you (almost) nothing.