When you have a lung condition, it is important to be as active as you can and to exercise safely
You can attend Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) – an exercise programme that helps with breathlessness by improving your muscle strength and lung fitness. This makes it easier for you to carry out everyday activities. PR is a programme of exercise and education for people with long-term lung conditions. It combines physical exercise sessions with discussion and advice on lung health and is designed to help you to manage the symptoms of your condition, including getting out of breath. (It is possible for people with ambulatory oxygen to participate in these classes.
You will usually attend a course of PR in a clinical setting that lasts about six to eight weeks, with two sessions a week. Each session usually lasts between one-and-a-half and two hours. You will be part of a group, commonly between eight and 16 people.
Once you have completed your initial Pulmonary Rehabilitation course it is important that you make long-term lifestyle changes and continue exercising at the right level for you. Activate Health provide ongoing exercise programmes in non-clinical environments that are designed to be both beneficial and enjoyable. These classes are tailored to your individual needs and our programmes help you practice and maintain healthy habits to manage your respiratory disease and reduce the risk of future exacerbations.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation will:
- Help to improve your muscle strength, so you can use the oxygen you breathe more efficiently
- Improve your general fitness and help you to cope better with feeling out of breath
- Help you to feel to stronger and fitter, and able to do more
- Offer tips and hints about managing various lung conditions
Who should go to pulmonary rehabilitation?
PR is aimed at people who have breathing difficulties caused by a lung condition that affects their ability to do normal activities. A lot of these people have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Some studies have shown that people with asthma and other long-term lung diseases such as bronchiectasis or idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) also benefit. Your age and the severity of your condition will not stop you from taking part in PR or from seeing an improvement. Completing a course of PR is a good way to learn how to exercise at the right level for you.
Research tells us that PR leads to improvements in your ability to walk further and improve your quality of life. PR should help you to feel less breathless doing day-to-day activities, such as walking upstairs, shopping and dressing. You may feel less tired and more motivated and energetic
Taking part will help you learn how to exercise in a safe and sociable environment. Most people enjoy the programme, gain confidence and benefit from meeting others in a similar situation and sharing their experiences.