BLF Active

Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) can change the lives of people living with a chronic lung disease.

BLF Active exercise classThe programme of exercise and education can help them to cope with breathing problems and become more active and confident in managing their condition.

The BLF Active project enables people with lung conditions to have access to exercise.

It provides people finishing pulmonary rehabilitation with the opportunity to continue exercising safely. It does this by:

  • providing tools for instructors to set up classes;
  • signposting people to a respiratory instructor in their area;
  • providing information about ways to get active with a lung condition; and
  • researching and documenting other ways to stay active with a lung condition. Not only through PR and respiratory exercise but by dancing, walking, singing and doing other activities.

The BLF Active story

With funding from Air Products, the BLF Active project has been successfully giving people with lung disease the opportunity to exercise safely since 2007.

In collaboration with Loughborough College and leading health professionals, the project designed training for fitness instructors.

The course equips instructors to provide specialist exercise for people with chronic respiratory disease after they have finished pulmonary rehabilitation.

The project funded around 150 instructors to take the course. While that funding is no longer available, instructors all over the country continue to qualify through the Loughborough College course.  Find out more about the course and read our instructor stories.

There are now around 210 specialist respiratory exercise classes running each week, with more than 1,400 people enjoying the health benefits of these classes.

For more information about the BLF Active project, contact Heather McKee at or call 07795 170099.