For many people with chronic lung disease, exercising can seem daunting. However, gentle exercise in a safe environment can improve your ability to control your breathlessness, improve confidence levels and help you rediscover activities you could no longer do.
Access the webinar on 'Physical activity and exercise with a lung condition' with expert host Julia Bott to find out more about how you can safely increase your physical activity and exercise.
"Exercise has saved my life" Roy, Exercise Participant
"I went to exercise classes for 6 months with an instructor trained to give specialist chronic respiratory disease exercise. I didn’t expect to be able to do any exercise due my shortness of breath, but I just got stronger each week. I started the class not being able to walk round the room, now I can almost run around the room! I truly believe exercise has saved my life."
Why is it important to exercise?
Exercise can increase your ability to do daily activities whilst improving energy levels, the immune system and your general mood. Exercise can help reduce breathlessness, stress levels and the number of days spent in hospital.
Instinctively, people with lung disease often avoid situations that make them breathless, which leads to a vicious cycle of inactivity:
The only way to break the cycle of inactivity is to do more physical activity. It is important to remember that it is normal to get out of breath when taking exercise, and that this sort of breathlessness is not dangerous.
Look at ways you can get more active