Over time, you should aim for 20 to 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity five times a week. However, for some, a less intense programme may be more suitable (for example building up to 10 to 15 minutes over time).
Always do the warm-up exercises first. Then complete the exercises before finishing with the cool down. Before you start to exercise, remember to enjoy it and:
We recommend you start the exercise programme at Level 1, regardless of your previous abilities. Progress to level 2 and 3 when you are able to complete 40mins at the previous level without feeling too short of breath (how it feels breathing scale below 4).
The main exercise component is continuous, doing each exercise for the allocated time and then moving straight onto the next. Depending on your ability you may not initially complete a full circuit, but as your ability improves and you’re able to exercise longer, you may be able to complete more than one circuit.
Below is the how it feels breathing scale. You should measure how hard you are working by using this scale.
|0||Nothing at all|
|0.5||Very, very light/just noticeable|
|1||Very light/very easy|
|3||Moderate/beginning to feel a bit puffed|
|4||Somewhat strong/fairly hard
Feeling a bit puffed but able to talk
|5||Strong/hard/out of breath|
|7||Very strong/very tiring/very out of breath|
|10||Very, very strong/extremely hard
Referrals to Cardiac Rehabilitation are accepted via your Consultant or GP. For any further information contact the Cardiac Rehabilitation team on 01582 497469.
We are regularly reviewing our visiting policy and are currently piloting pre-booked visiting appointments on some of our wards with the overall objective of allowing visitors to all relevant areas and wards across both hospital sites as soon as it is safe to do so. Please note that if there are significant changes to the local rates of infection, we may need to put full restrictions back in place at short notice for the safety of our patients and staff.
For patients attending face to face appointments, we encourage you to have a rapid-results lateral flow test and obtain a negative result in advance of your appointments at one of several rapid test centres across Bedfordshire.
This includes patients and support partners attending Maternity appointments and patients attending Outpatient appointments.
Full details about where to get tested is available here.