The importance of being active

Regular physical activity will keep your heart healthy and help you maintain a healthy weight. You do not need to join a gym or start running marathons, but including exercise in your daily routine will help. Being physically active can mean going swimming or doing an exercise or dance class, but also includes simple everyday activites such as walking, gardening and using the stairs rather than a lift or escalator. These can all help reduce your risk of heart failure. People who can’t get around very well can do chair-based exercises as well.

The British Heart Foundation recommends 30 minutes of exercise a day.