tag:ecg.fitness,2013:/posts Exercise is Medicine 2023-09-20T13:37:53Z ecg tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1683532 2023-09-20T17:00:00Z 2023-09-20T13:37:53Z Level 4 Fitness classes that make your heart sing


Our really enjoyable ECG Exercise classes are for people with heart and respiratory issues, friends and supporters. 

Book Class Herehttps://www.picktime.com/3b7db13f-cb18-4834-a221-4f64f815d407

Join Zoom Meeting


COVID: Please don't attend the William Hobbayne Centre if you, or anyone in your household,  have recently tested positive or have symptoms. 

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1563665 2022-06-23T10:57:00Z 2022-09-28T13:41:25Z Faye's Tips

         Set some goals

  • Dancing, pick your favourite songs and dance around to them for 15 minutes,

  • Sit to stand  - 5 sets during the day 10, 12, 16, 18, 20

  • Do okey cokey with big movements

  • Karaoke time

  • Try brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand

  • Throw a ball (or crumpled up newspaper) to someone or against the wall, see you many times you can do it without dropping it, maybe get brave a clap between each throw. Or use hand to catch and throw

  • Hula hooping - practise learning a new physical skill, (big sized hula hoop)

  • Egg and spoon (I use boiled egg) walk around the house/garden  without dropping it, 

  • Learn a new dance the cha cha cha, mamba, salsa, 

  • Practise balancing on one leg, hold as long as you can, then change to the other leg, hold as long as you can. Do it again and try to beat your last time.

  • Read an article or pages of a book whilst lifting your knee up towards your hips.

  • If you have a racket and ball, or crumpled up newspaper. Count how many times you can bat it up and down in the air, without dropping it. 

  • Balance a book on your head and walk around the garden, time how long you can do it before it drops. Try and beat this time.  

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1567457 2022-06-18T08:49:00Z 2022-06-17T14:49:06Z What We Say

Excellent sessions yesterday  Natalie ‍♂️‍♂️ Not sure where all my energy came from, maybe the hot weather suits me 露‍♀️


I have just summoned the willpower to put away a packet of Custard Creams after only eating two! 

All because I don't want to undo the fantastic work Faye and Natalie are doing with us. 

I feel fitter and trimmer than I have done since I stopped playing hockey 25 years ago.

I am so grateful and want to thank everyone who is working so hard to keep this group running. 


Thank you for recording the Yoga, I look forward to doing the session soon. When I was sailing pre-covid I realised our exercise sessions discovered otherwise unknown muscles. Today I rediscovered the sailing muscles, which have clearly been left alone for quite a while. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed my first sail back on the river this afternoon. It was hot sunny, breezy and I think we won! ⛵


Great workout Faye!!! Thanks!! 


Huge apologies for missing your email. 

Thank you very much for sending the meeting recording.


Our classes are live and supervised - and we see and meet up with our mates online.  Trainers are brilliant.


tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1559560 2020-06-15T08:53:57Z 2020-06-15T08:53:57Z Angina Sufferers are Welcome

Sufferers of stable angina get a very warm welcome!

You don't have to live in Ealing to take part.

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1556151 2020-06-08T13:30:22Z 2020-06-08T13:30:22Z Diabetes

From Natalie Graham

Hi All, this week is diabetes awareness week. As many of you know, diabetes is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. Many of you may have been told that you are at risk of or may have diabetes. 

I want to remind you to keep talking with your diabetic specialists if you feel your diabetes is not properly controlled. Those of you who are pre-diabetic, there were courses that you could go on, I’m not sure if they are still doing these virtually but can always contact your GP! 

For further information please always use reputable resources such as the British Heart Foundation: 


tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1555636 2020-06-07T08:00:19Z 2020-06-07T08:00:19Z Shielding for Heart Patients


tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1554697 2020-06-05T13:36:22Z 2020-06-05T13:36:22Z The Pandemic Getting to You?

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1526457 2020-04-02T14:37:05Z 2020-04-02T14:37:06Z Sudhir - We will miss you!


Awful news. Please stay safe everyone.

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1525349 2020-03-30T10:59:45Z 2020-06-16T08:27:55Z Class Times changed to 17.15

​Join Zoom Meeting​


The session will open at 5.15 and exercise will begin at 5.30. We thought it would be nice to have a 15-minute chat room session. That way you can converse with your fellow ECG members, to see how everyone is getting on. I

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

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1523633 2020-03-25T17:56:55Z 2020-03-25T17:56:55Z 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! 



tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1523232 2020-03-24T14:11:58Z 2020-03-25T17:58:16Z Exercise Diary

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1519101 2020-03-12T14:23:37Z 2020-03-12T14:23:38Z 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.

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1514183 2020-02-27T15:20:05Z 2020-02-27T22:20:12Z Survey Form

The form is for ECG Members to complete so our trainers get feedback and ideas. Replies are confidential.

Printed copies will be available when you attend class.

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1453444 2020-02-22T19:30:00Z 2020-02-27T22:20:21Z This Man is Bob. Bob Fights Heart Disease. Be like Bob.

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1511148 2020-02-19T10:57:17Z 2020-02-19T10:57:17Z Heart Yoga is Three and Growing Up!

Yes, our Yoga is three years old. It is complementary to our fitness classes and could be an alternative.

Come and see!

The class is available to people with heart or pulmonary issues and partners or carers.

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1508864 2020-02-12T16:26:12Z 2020-02-12T16:26:12Z All Classes Fully Operational! ]]> tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1499043 2020-01-14T16:32:47Z 2020-01-14T16:32:48Z New Yoga Teacher

We are delighted that Junko Furugori will be joining us as Yoga Teacher from 29th January.

The class is open to Cardiac and Pulmonary Patients and partners.

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1497233 2020-01-09T15:16:48Z 2020-01-09T15:21:52Z Our New Wednesday Class Acclaimed

'Natalie's "Yoga" yesterday was brilliant'

'A thorough muscle stretching via Yoga poses and moves, each of which you can "push" to your level of comfort. E.g. these can be adapted to do on a chair. Give it a go!' 

'Totally agree with you Martin it is exactly what we want'.

'Agree with both comments enjoyed the session and keep telling myself to straighten up! Look forward to next weeks stretches'.

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1494597 2020-01-01T12:36:42Z 2020-01-01T12:36:43Z Welcome to 2020

Classes are back to normal from Monday 6th January. ( and much needed, after the holiday )

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1484565 2019-12-02T13:40:12Z 2019-12-02T13:40:13Z 5 Classes a week for heart and pulmonary patients.....

One step at a time: how to improve mental health through fitness


tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1480013 2019-11-20T11:49:37Z 2019-11-20T16:50:51Z December Dates

No Class on 12th - (pesky General Election)

19th December will be the last Class of 2019.

Classes resume on 6th

Members can catch up on missed classes in the New Year.

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1468388 2019-10-21T08:54:22Z 2019-10-21T08:54:22Z Poor Air Quality Bad News for People with Hearts


tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1462613 2019-10-04T09:57:25Z 2019-10-16T15:13:14Z Date for Next Social, 11th November confirmed

11 November, IndiaIndia 19.00

£15 per head, BYOB. BYOB is for alcoholic drinks only.

Partner or friend welcome

Veggie and non-veggie options

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1453732 2019-09-10T10:28:01Z 2019-09-10T10:28:01Z Harvest Festival - ECG's first crops at our allotment.

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1451716 2019-09-04T11:12:07Z 2019-09-04T11:12:07Z Goodbye Helen, RIP

Sad news folks. Our friend and ECG stalwart, Helen, has passed away.  Thank you, Natalie, for finding out. Helen was very private, yet she was the lead coordinator in planning and organising our work meeting Level 3 patients going through Cardiac Rehab. Right now, we don't know anymore. Will keep you posted.

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1444278 2019-08-13T14:27:34Z 2019-09-03T09:23:18Z Yoga Change

From 4th September Yoga Classes will be taught by Amanda Lutchford who most members will know.

The class will still be held on Wednesdays but there is a new time - 5.45.

Please complete the form below and email it to amanda.lutchford@googlemail.com

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1441710 2019-08-06T13:25:23Z 2019-08-06T14:46:33Z All Change, Here at ECG!

The bad news first. We are losing Barbara Sowa, our trainer and inspiration from the very start. She is moving on career-wise,  it's a well-deserved promotion.

Barbara leaves our group in fine shape, with a new crew of trainers, some of whom are already in place so the show, which Barbara created, goes on.

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1436920 2019-07-29T10:06:00Z 2019-07-30T13:03:50Z Classes Back to Normal, weather back to normal!

tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1433506 2019-07-17T11:00:44Z 2019-07-17T11:00:44Z ECG Members Only Social

Come and see your allotment this evening at the Harvester end of Haslemere Ave? It's open to all of us.

No digging or planting - it's a social. BYOB.


tag:ecg.fitness,2013:Post/1420973 2019-06-17T10:45:28Z 2019-06-27T12:02:10Z AGM Update

This is a thank you to those able to attend the AGM on 17th. And an update for those who couldn't make it.

Special thanks to Barbara and Natalie for contributing so much.

And for those who have joined our team of volunteers - welcome!

The minutes will follow. Watch out for updates.

ECG AGM 2019


17 JUNE 2019 / 18:30 - 20.00


ECG Members and Trainers


Welcome and Announcements. Thanks!

How and why we started, current committee holders, need for more volunteers and members.

Financial Review - where our money goes, what it’s spent on, Bonus Ball, Fund-raising, Contributions, Donations

Level 4 Fitness Classes, what is BACPR, why it matters and why it is not and must not be a competition. 1 or 2 minute exercises?

Heart Yoga - just why and how it’s optimised for us

CPR classes

Allotment, new membership category

Lunchtime meetings, membership software

Any Other Business