Exercise is Medicine!

Book an appointment with ECG 

We are a friendly, patient-run group that provides tailor-made exercise classes for people with heart and pulmonary conditions.

Our live classes - on Monday, Thursday and Friday are online sessions.  Classes are small with less than 16 participants. Our trainers are BACPR registered.

Yoga, too, is online and is on Wednesday.        

After check-in you'll get an email confirming your booking. 

Newsletter from Our Friends at Heartlink


Dear Member,

As always I hope you and your family are keeping well and safe. As with my previous updates please forgive me if I’m telling you something you already know.  I just wanted to touch base with you regarding updates I have recently received.

Busting the myths over coronavirus - There is a lot of misinformation circulating on social media about how to cure the virus, from drinking lemon juice, drinking hot drinks, holding your breath and many more.  Please be careful what you read and believe – only take notice of the advice given by authentic sites like the NHS and Gov.co.uk.  Any one sending you a message and asking you to pass it on is probably a scam. The online BBC channel has a very good video feed on busting these myths; it might be worth a look.

Doctor and Hospital Appointments - As before GP surgeries and Hospitals are now undertaking telephone consultations prior to deciding if an actual appointment is necessary.   At Ealing Hospital the cardiology dept.  continues to telephone patients prior to their appointment to check the necessity of a visit.

Help from Local Authorities & Ealing Council -  Most local authorities are currently operating a help line service for vulnerable people. You will need to find out what they are doing in your area by either phoning your local Council or going onto their web site.    In Ealing, the Council have set up a help line for vulnerable people which you can call and ask to be placed onto their register.  The service will help match people to bone fide volunteers who can assist you with shopping and picking up medication etc.   

To register please call - 020 8825 7170 and ask to be put onto their register for help.

Further information can be obtained from the Ealing Council website – the link is https://www.ealing.gov.uk/info/201262/coronavirus_covid-19/2665/i_need_help/1

Supermarkets Please see below the special shopping times for NHS and vulnerable groups that I have managed to ascertain from local supermarkets – but as always just check your local branch in case something has changed.  

The Easter Period Friday 10th April to Monday 13th April  
Please remember that the Easter period is from Good Friday 10th April with Easter Sunday 12th April and the Bank Holiday on Monday 13th April.  Don’t be caught out as most supermarkets will have different opening hours during the Easter period and especially on Easter Sunday when supermarkets are normally closed -  SO IF YOU HAVE TO GO SHOPPING  - PLEASE CHECK BEFORE TO MAKE SURE YOUR BRANCH IS OPEN WHEN YOU PLAN TO GO.

Please remember where possible use contactless payment ‘tap & pay’ options if you can.






EVERY DAY -  Monday to Saturday

7:30 to 8am

NHS & Social care staff 



8 to 9 am

Elderly, Vulnerable, Disabled and  Carer groups


EVERY DAY - Monday to Saturday

9 to 10am

Elderly, Vulnerable, Disabled and  Carer groups



EVERY DAY - Monday to Saturday 

7 to 8am

NHS & all vulnerable groups


EVERY DAY - Monday to Saturday 

8am to 9am

NHS & Social care staff


Food Halls only 
EVERY DAY - Monday to Friday 


8am to 6pm

8:30am – 6pm

 General Public access



8 to 9am

NHS & Social care staff & all vulnerable groups

Pharmacy Services  
At this time we are really reliant on our wonderful NHS and of course our amazing pharmacy service.  For those who are able, it is useful if you can ask your GP practice for online access to their systems to request repeat prescriptions.  This also enables you to choose your nominated pharmacy that can be automatically emailed with your prescription from your GP.  Doing this will avoid the need for you to pick up a prescription and take it to the pharmacy.  The pharmacy should then notify you directly when your prescription is ready to collect.  This can be very helpful as they will get to know you and your medication, and some also offer an automatic repeat prescription service. 

Recent Government Announcements


If you have a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), register with the government web site above.  You may have received a letter from the NHS telling you that you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, or been contacted by your GP or hospital clinician. If this has not happened, contact your GP or clinician after you register with this service.  It may take a little time for any support offered through this service to arrive, so wherever possible you should continue to rely on friends, family and wider support to help you.  If you cannot register yourself then please ask someone to do it for you.  You will be asked for your NHS number so make sure you have it ready.

Other announcements that are useful to know are car MOTs – from 30th March any MOT that expires will be automatically extended for a period of 6 months. 

Universal Credit & other Benefits, Self-employed , Businesses , & VAT – there are also a wide range of special measures and assistance that have been put in place for people during these times and for businesses- details  of which can be found on the government web sites www.gov.uk

ECG – Ealing Cardiac Group As heart patients we know that exercise is very important to heart health, so now more than ever, it’s important to keep moving and keep our hearts in good shape.  Our friends in the ECG exercise group have kindly given me a schedule of daily exercises that can help us keep up our heart health while we are at home - and these exercises are attached.  Remember you need approx. 150 minutes of exercise a week – however if you suffer from high blood pressure always check it before exercise.  Please, whenever you can, keep moving, stay healthy and stay at home.

Finally always remember NEVER give out personal or financial information like Bank Card details or PIN numbers to anyone you do not know and trust. This also applies to anyone telephoning you or coming to your door – be aware and be careful.

 As always, on behalf of all the Heartlink Committee, stay well, stay safe and stay at home

And to our friends and everyone on the front line in the NHS and in Social Care 


 With very best wishes

Lolin Jones

Heartink Secretary

ECG Reverts to 4 Exercise Classes, 1 x Yoga Class Per Week

We have had a few glitches this week but overall this week has been a great success. Thanks everyone!

As the week has progressed, we have taken steps to help make logging in more simple and the process more secure, too.

Here's the new schedule.

Two classes Monday  :   Room opens 17.00 and 18.00, with exercise at 17.15, 18.15

Yoga on Wednesday  :   Room opens 17.00, Yoga at 17.30

Class Thursday  :            Room opens 17.00, with exercise at 17.30

Class Friday       :             Room opens 17.00, exercise starts at 17.30 

Our app works with most tablets, laptops, PCs and smartphones. Please reserve your place in advance. Text 07956 150200

Class Times changed to 17.00 Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

​Join Zoom Meeting​

The session will open at 5pm and exercise will begin at 5.30pm. We thought it would be nice to have a 30 minutes chat room session. That way you can converse with your fellow ECG members, to see how everyone is getting on. I have done this with my other class. it was great to see them, but also to hear people socializing, slightly different from the norm, but this may be the norm for a few months.

Please check out the site read the documents that Natalie has created, in regards zoom user guide (previous email) have a play around too. Also, read if you want to participate, you will need you to read through the disclaimer, electronically signed, to confirm you agree.


Zoom User guide

 The sessions will become active at 5pm, with an aim to start each session at 5:30pm

 When the class is due to start please ensure your screen is set to speaker view – this

will ensure that the instructor (speaker) remains on the large screen for ease of


 The instructor will then mute all other users – this will mean that you can hear the

instructor but the instructor will not be able to hear you or any other user. This is to

ensure they remain on the large screen.

 The instructor will not play any music during the sessions to ensure you can hear

their instructions clearly – however feel free to play your own music, as other users

will not hear this.

 At the end of the session the instructor will unmute all users.



Health and Safety

  1. Always keep feet moving

  2. Use RPE scale to check effort between 11 – 14

  3. During warm-up start at 10 by the end should be at 14 on the RPE scale.

  4. Include stretches before and after exercise.

  5. Make sure you have taken your medication

  6. Make sure that you have eaten at least 40 minutes before you exercise

  7. Keep hydrated, dehydration can reduce blood pressure

  8. Wear appropriate shoes and clothing

  9. Always warm-up before exercise and cool down afterwards 

  10. Never exercise in pain, discomfort is fine

  11. Breathe correctly with movement, exhale no harder part inhale on the easier part

  12. Avoid exercising when you are acutely ill, including when suffering from a cold or flu.

  13. Muscle or joint pain that does not dissipate with rest. Stop exercising 

  14. Trouble breathing or excessive shortness of breath. Stop exercising 

  15. Light-headedness, dizziness, or new difficulty balancing stop exercising 

  16. Chest pain or pressure. Stop exercising 

Motivation Tips

  1. Put some uplifting music on

  2. Exercise together with family

  3. Pick a structure time and day to perform each week. 

  4. Record your session using the sheet and add in RPE

  5. Once RPE scale gets to 12 and below, increase workload

  6. No weight use tins or water bottles, can fill these for more weight as you get stronger

  7. Give yourself a reward for all the effort you have made.

  8. Get dressed in your exercise/gym clothing 

  9. Remember that EXERCISE is MEDICINE and all this medicine is going to do, is keep you strong and healthy

Sound Advice from British Heart Foundation, Update from Natalie

Hi All,

I would encourage anyone with any concerns right now to take a look at the BHF link on how to stay healthy whilst self-isolating. 

It discusses all health aspects - physical activity, diet and mental health. It is important to address all at this time. As much as myself and Faye are here to help with the physical we are not experts in the other areas. 

I have just had a meeting and been informed that Ealing IAPT service is no longer accepting any more referrals, so I urge you all to please take care of your mental health. Use the resources provided - apps such as Calm and Headspace have been recommended by our team psychologist. And do not underestimate talking to friends and family! 



Covid 19 - Suspension of Classes

Classes, as we know them, have to be suspended for now. 

Bob and Ian are sure that you will agree that it would be unwise to continue during the 12-week lockdown. 

We are working on encouraging home exercise so ECG will continue to be active, but in a different way, for now. 

Classes will resume as soon as possible. We will be conferring with you over the next few days about our subs. 

Take care everyone.

Ian and Bob

No Classes Tonight

Faye has become unwell this afternoon so there are no classes today.

We do plan to have Yoga on Wednesday and the two Thursday classes.

Please check before coming.

Classes Continue - Exercise is Cardiac Medicine

While the Hobbayne Centre remains open and our trainers are available, classes are continuing.

Please don't attend your class if you are unwell - please no colds and coughs.

Do bring your own water bottle - you can fill up with tap water.

Washing hands before and after class is mandatory.

Please don't queue for blood pressure checks - the trainer will call you.