Keep Active programme

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

We understand that living with a long-term lung condition means you may feel differently from one day to the next. This can make it more challenging to keep active.

Our Keep Active programme gives you everything you need to start moving more with your lung condition. It includes:

  • advice to help you move safely with your lung condition 
  • breathing techniques to help you when you’re active 
  • a gentle warm up
  • step-by-step exercises to help you feel stronger and more energetic 
  • a cool down and stretch
  • stories from people with lung conditions to inspire you to move more.

Our Keep Active programme is designed for anyone living with a lung condition and includes three levels. Start slowly and build up gradually. Choose the level that’s right for you:

  • Level 1 – If you're new to this programme or would like a gentle routine today.
  • Level 2 – If you’re building your strength and would like to do more today. 
  • Level 3 – If you’re feeling strong and confident today.

You can also follow this programme in our Keep Active handbook which includes resources to set your goals and track your activity over time. 

Before you start any physical activity

Check with your healthcare professional that it’s safe for you. You can also discuss the level of activity that is right for you.   

Keep Active videos

Follow our Keep Active videos to get moving in your own time, at a pace that suits you.

our Keep Active instructor

Before you start

This video is an introduction to the Keep Active programme and explains how moving more can benefit you.
a pulmonary rehabilitation instructor

Safety advice

This video explains how you can stay safe when you’re moving with your lung condition.
our storyteller smiling

Techniques to help you manage your breathing

It’s normal to get out of breath when you’re active. This video shows you techniques to help you manage your breathing.
our storyteller Diven breathing

How to get your breath back

This video shows you some techniques and positions to help you recover when you’re feeling breathless. This video can also help when you’re feeling anxious.
our storyteller Steve smiling

Warm up

Before you do any exercise, remember to warm up first. This gets you ready to move and reduces the risk of injury or sudden breathlessness.
our storyteller Steve using cans to improve his strength

Exercises to help you feel stronger

In this video we show you some step-by-step exercises you can do at home to help you feel stronger.
our storyteller Diven

Exercises to help you feel more energetic

In this video, we show you some step-by-step exercises you can do at home to get you out of breath on purpose and work your heart and lungs. 
people with lung conditions stretching

Cool down and stretch

It’s important to cool down after you’ve been active to lower your heart rate and help you recover. This video will also help you relax and relieve stress.
our storyteller diven

Your stories

In these videos, people with lung conditions share how being active has helped them to manage their lung conditions and feel better.
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