10 Minutes Could Change Your Life
2nd February 2016
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Peake Fitness at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa  is proud to support The British Heart Foundation, and is staging a “Love your Heart” Open Evening on Thursday 25th February from 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm.  The event is free to attend. 

The British Heart Foundation encourages us all to consider taking control of our own heart health, and this is a great time of year to decide to make even the smallest of changes that can have an impact.  The following is just a small section of the vast range of advice they offer.

Being active helps keep your heart healthy. If you are active every day you’ll be less likely to develop coronary heart disease. You are in control – by taking ten minutes a few times a day to get active, you could change your life.  Being active helps lower your risk of coronary heart disease because it exercises your heart, helping to keep it strong; helps lower your cholesterol and helps lower your blood pressure, which means your arteries are less likely to clog up.  It can also help you feel more relaxed, have more energy and give you a sense of achievement.


However, being active doesn’t have to mean running a marathon, or swimming like an Olympic champion  – gentle, everyday activities like walking, and climbing stairs are great ways to get started, and will help to lead you on to more structured and challenging exercises, which you can build into a routine. 

What can I do?

Make small changes like walking rather than driving, and taking the stairs instead of the lift or escalator.  Take a walk every day – to work, to the shop, or to see a friend; set a date and take your kids, grandchildren, pets or friends to the park.


Time to push it!

The type of activity that helps your heart the most will make you feel warmer, breathe harder and make your heart beat faster than usual.

What can I do?

Set aside some time in your week for activities like brisk walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, exercise classes or team sports like football or netball.  

Aim to work up to at least 150 minutes of this type of activity a week. You can spread this out over the week however you like.


Rememberevery ten minutes counts.

These are suggestions for generally healthy adults. If you have any health issues please talk to your doctor before you start any new activities.

Next steps

If you’d like to find out more about being active, download and print an A4 activity tracker, and/or further BHF publications, and gain more British Heart Foundation advice, go online to


The Peake Fitness “Love Your Heart” Open Evening Event:                                                                   

Thursday 25th February 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm.

This is a free event offering: 

Healthy Heart Presentations and further advice on exercise and well being

Free Cholesterol Testing

Biometric and Body Composition Analysis

Delicious Healthy Heart Food Treats 

Healthy Heart Advice and

free BHF publications                                                                                                                      

Free Fitness Testing (bring kit!)

Fabulous Joining Fee Offer:  If you join Peake Fitness as part of the Open Evening event, a nominal £15.00* Joining Fee will apply, and we will donate it directly to the British Heart Foundation!

*Our normal subscription rates then apply.  To reserve your place, and for more information please call 01206 265841 or 265820 or email

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Penny W

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