A HEART charity is calling on people to shake off their festive indulgence and get fit.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) says those who are feeling the guilt of Christmas over-eating can have fun and make their New Year’s resolution really count by signing up to one of its active events.

There are charity events to suit all ages and abilities including bike rides, hikes, sea swims, mountain challenges, jogs and overseas treks.

Carl Jones, of the BHF Regional Events Team, said “Most of us will have indulged in some guilty pleasures over Christmas, so by taking part in an event, not only are you helping save the lives of others, you are helping keep your own heart healthy.

“It is also nice to know that you can eat a little of what you fancy at Christmas and burn it off in training.

“Sadly, heart and circulatory disease remains the UK’s biggest killer so the New Year is a great time to start thinking about your resolutions and start taking steps towards a healthier heart in 2011.”

Heart and circulatory disease is the UK’s biggest killer, claiming the lives of around 200,000 people each year.

To sign up to an event, request a calendar, or to find out more information, visit bhf.org.uk/events, call 0800 169 3672 or email northwestandwales@bhf.org.uk