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.
Although on the 19 July 2021 regulations around the use of facemasks / coverings and social distancing will change across the country, at Bedfordshire Hospitals all COVID infection prevention control measures currently in place will remain the same.
The Trust has decided it is currently not safe to lift all restrictions at our hospitals.
Everyone attending our sites will still be required to wear a facemask (unless medically exempt), adhere to social distancing and attend your appointments alone especially in our Emergency Departments and Outpatients (exclusions apply to our paediatric patients and those requiring carer support)
Visiting is now permitted on most of our adult inpatient wards in a controlled manner. Appointments need to be pre-booked with ward staff.
Full details about attending our hospitals and visiting is available here.