Keep active programme

If you have a lung condition, being active can help to improve your quality of life and help you manage your condition.

Our keep active programme videos give you everything you need to start exercising. They include step-by-step aerobic and strength exercises as well as teaching you how to warm up before you start and cool down and stretch at the end.

This content has been funded and reviewed by Boehringer Ingelheim and co-developed by Boehringer Ingelheim and Asthma + Lung UK (previously the British Lung Foundation).

The programme is designed for people living with a  lung condition, and includes exercises at three levels:

  • Level 1: For people who get short of breath during activities like showering and dressing and moving around their home.
  • Level 2: For people who get out of breath doing things like carrying light food shopping, mowing the lawn, and hoovering.
  • Level 3: For people who feel short of breath after doing high-energy activities like walking up hills and carrying heavy food shopping.

You can also read about the programme in our exercise handbook which includes an exercise diary to track your progress.

Before you start any exercise, check with your healthcare professional or respiratory physiotherapist that it’s safe for you. You can also discuss with them the level of exercise that’s right for you.

Exercise videos

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Before you start

This is an overview of the stay active exercise programme and how regular activity has helped Cathy. 
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Exercising safely

From warming up correctly and what clothes to wear to keeping your inhaler close and exercising at your level, our video shares how to exercise safely.
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Managing breathlessness

It’s normal to get out of breath when you exercise. This video shows you ways to take control when that happens. 
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Setting yourself goals

This video explains how to set yourself exercise goals to help track your progress.
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Warm up

Before doing any exercise, always remember to warm up first. This is important to get you ready for exercise and prevent injury
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Strength exercises

Strengthening (resistance) exercises help you develop stronger muscles. In this video, we show you some strengthening exercises you can do at home.
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Aerobic exercises

In this video, we show you some aerobic exercises to work your heart and lungs. 
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Cool down and stretching

After any form of exercise, you should complete a cool down. Cool down exercises and stretches help you recover after exercise.
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Next steps

This video explains how to build activity into your daily life and keep up your exercise routine.
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