Keeping Fit and Active

Most young people with congenital heart disease do not need to restrict their physical activity. There is no reason why you shouldn't enjoy being active. A whole range of activities are pefectly safe - like walking, cycling, dancing or tennis.

For some young people your heart doctor may advise against intense physical activity such as competitive sports, contact sports or heavy weight lifting. However at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day such as walking or cycling is recommended.

Even those young people who get out of breath very easily - remaining as active as possible within your own limitations is recommended.

Remember to ask the doctors and nurses who look after you - what is best for you.

This is the "hearts4teens" group learning how to exercise safely