Struggling With Breathing?

Would you benefit from regular exercise in a safe environment?
Would you like to continue exercising after pulmonary rehabilitation?

Reducing the impact of a lung condition


One Person in seven in the Uk is affected by lung disease – find out how you can help yourself.

Exercise may seem daunting, but has many proven benefits for people like yourself. it will improve your ability to do more without feeling breathless, and help you rediscover activities you could no longer do.

Why Inactivity Makes me Worse

How do I break this cycle?

In order to break the cycle of inactivity you need to do more physical activity. Exercising yourself makes you out of breath – this is normal It is not dangerous for you to get out of breath like this.

as you progress through this programme you may find you are able to do more.

How can exercise help me?


Energy Levels

Exercise ability


Breathlessness for any given length of activity

Leg tiredness

Number of days in hospital


Ability to do daily activities that are important to you

Possibility of returning to work


New friendships

General Benefit


Muscle strength


Bone strength

Immune system


Regulated appetite



General Benefit


Muscle strength


Bone strength

Immune system


Regulated appetite



How to exercise safely

BLF Active Instructors are qualified exercise professionals who run maintenance exercise classes for people with chronic lung disease.

It is important to follow these simple rules

Make sure you:

Always warm-up before exercising

Always cool down after exercising

Wear loose comfortable clothing and soft-soled, non-slip shoes

Have eaten (lightly but wait at least 1 hour after to exercise)

Drink Plenty of water before, during and after.

Have your reliever with you wherever you are exercising

Don’t Start exercising
or Stop if you feel:

Chest pain or tightness

Dizziness or nauseous

Clammy or cold

Increasingly wheezy

Pain on your joints or muscles

Abnormally tired


There’s no need to book, although we advise checking with your instructor Liz Clews 0775 196 4832 before coming along for the first time.
Our classes also cater for those younger than fifty with medical conditions which prevent them from exercising in any other way.
Please note that you will be required to complete brief health screening process with your teacher at your first session, just to ensure that it’s safe for you to exercise.

Your Local classes within Gainsborough are



Active / Seated Session

Lea Village Hall, Rectory Lane
Lea, Gainsborough, DN21


TBC 10.00am

British Lung Foundation Active – with balloon

Everyone Active, West Lindsey Leisure Centre
Gainsborough, DN21 1EP



Active / Seated Session

Morton Village Hall, Walkerith Road
Morton, Gainsborough, DN21 3AL


What do Vitality participants say?

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The vital stepping stones programme has changed my life totally. I can’t believe how strong I feel both physically & mentally. A combination of weekly Yoga & Pilates, one to one to specialise my needs, and now weekly Vitality Active session. You can’t buy...

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My health trainer has arranged for a fitness trainer to come and help me with some exercises for 12 weeks. Apparently you can do them sitting down. I am a bit skeptical as to how much exercise you can actually do in a chair, but I'm willing to try anything to get some...


I am writing to endorse how much the Vitality seated exercises classes that you run at Newlands Court now Everyone Active have helped me.  I have been attending for four years and during that time I have had a mastectomy due to breast cancer.  The classes have...

Type 2 Diabetes

At the end of September 2015, and recently being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I was desperate to find some extra form of activity and meet people locally. For the previous 3 years, I had kept diabetes at bay via exercise and diet, but sadly as I aged,( I am now 72...

Ann Lewis

"I was badly affected when diagnosed with essential tremor, like Parkinsons Disease related to a neurological condition which affects not only balance but a change in direction of one’s whole life. When I discussed with you whether there were any exercises that would...

Jason Sault

“Typical self employed builder here, firstly my back has seen better days and secondly I thought that pilates would be easy and I was a little sceptical as to whether pilates could help my back pain to say the least! well I couldn't of been more wrong, in week one Liz...

J Nobbs

Hi Liz, having lost my wife some six years ago, I admit my diet went from being good, to rubbish, to the point where my blood sugar level rose alarmingly, To the point I was borderline diabetic, I am not taking medication for it preferring to control it myself.On my...

C Wood

I am so delighted with the progress I am making at Vital Stepping Stones that I wanted to write & tell you!I have been attending a weekly Vital Stepping Stones class run by Liz Clews at Morton Village Hall, Gainsborough, since the beginning of August 2017. My...

Pat & Ron

Early this year my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. We were aware something was very wrong, but after a really difficult two years with other serious health problems, heart and lung disease carcinoma of the lower eyelid, severe Ulcerated lower bowel,...

M Greenaway

My husband John has noticeably benefited from the few sessions he has already attended, his physical abilities have improved, He can now stand up from his chair on his own, which we all take for granted, so has his mental outlook. He positively looks forward to the...

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