Watch: What happens when you exercise?

We all know exercise is good for us, but what actually happens inside your body when you get active? Watch our animation to find out, and read more about how exercise can help your heart.

Why get active?

Physical activity can benefit you in lots of different ways. It can help you:

Read more about why staying active is good for your heart

How to get moving

Getting active could mean doing more walking, taking up cycling or running, or joining a local sports team. But it can also mean just moving a little more each day. You can get active indoors or outdoors, and it doesn't have to involve an expensive gym membership - there are plenty of ways to get fit for free

Inspiring stories

David Altoft"Put down the remote and get walking, whether it be 10 minutes or 10 miles."

Walking gave Dave Altoft a new focus after heart problems. He's now improving his health one step at a time.



Maria Davey"I have conquered my fears, and it allows me to challenge myself."

Maria Davey used to be scared of water. Now after taking up swimming she's lost weight, gained confidence and increased her fitness.



Brian King"Some people try it, and before you know it they’re making new friendships."

After his heart attack, Brian King got his boots on and set up a walking football team.



You can get more advice and real life stories on the Heart Matters activity pages.

Get active with the BHF

Help raise money for our life saving research by taking on a BHF fundraising event.

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