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Chorley & South Ribble Breathe Easy Group                exercises

Exercising with lung disease

Introduction

Consequences of inactivity

How exercise helps

How to exercise safely - includes clothing suggestions

How hard to work

Positions to relieve breathlessness

Equipment

How Often

Different ways to exercise

What to do about flare-up and breathing problems

Exercise programme

Introduction

Introduction

These pages will your guide to physical fitness helping both you and your exercise trainer, if you have one, to monitor any changes and help you to progress week by week.

Ideally this should be used in conjunction with:

Pulmonary rehabilitation - PR
Exercise Classes following PR
Individual exercise sessions either at home or in your breathe easy class or an exercise centre

Altough exercising may seem daunting it has many proven benefits for people with breathing problems.  It will improve your ability to do more without feeling so breathless and may help you rediscover activities you have been struggling with or have even given up

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Consequences of Inactivity

Consequences of Inactivity

People with a lung condition or indeed anyone can get stuck in a vicious cycle of inactivity:

You feel breathless -

You become fearful of activity that makes you breathless -

You avoid those activities which make you breathless -

You do less activity -

Your muscles become weaker -

Weak muscles use more oxygen and are less efficient -

you feel more breathless,

and so the cycle goes on until you are TOTALLY HELPLESS

From this cycle you can see that when you are less fit and less active you will get more breathless when you exert yourself.  The less you do the less you can do because your muscles become progressively weaker, less efficient and require more oxygen to work.  Any effort becomes even harder and you wil lget even more breathless when you exert yourself.

You can break this cycle by doing more controlled physical activity.  This will make you out of breath but this is normal.  It is not harmful for you to get out of breath when you do physical activity, it is actually good for you.  As you increase your efforts week by week you should find that you are able to do more and more.  Your fitnesswill not increase overnight but if you persevere cautiously you will be amazed how soon you begin to feel better.

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How Exercise Helps

How Exercise Helps

help

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How to Exercise Safely

How to Exercise Safely

safely

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How Hard to Work

How Hard to Work

hard

Remember it is not harmful for you to get out of breath when you exert yourself.  However if you are too breathless to speak slow down until your breathing improves.  Try not to get so breathless that you have to stop suddenly.  As you gradually increase your activity and exercise you should find you are able to do more without feeling quite so out of breath.

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Positions to relieve Breathlessness

Positions to relieve Breathlessness

breathe

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Equipment

Equipment

equip

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How Often

How Often

often

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Different Ways to Exercise

Different Ways to Exercise

You can exercise anywhere and there are many ways that can be enjoyable:

Walking to the local shops

Walking the dog

Joining a walking group

Getting of the bus a stop early

Climbing stairs

Housework

Gardening

Dancing

Bowling

Swimming or aqua-aerobics

Yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi

In an exercise class

Doing these exercises - we have a regular Exercise Class on the second Thursday of every month

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What to do about flare-up and breathing problems

What to do about flare-up and breathing problems

flare

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Exercise Programme - details of exercises

It is very important to always warm up before exercising

These exercises gently move your joints and gradually raise your heart raste, your pulse, to increase the blood flow to your heart, lungs and muscules to get your body ready for the exercises reducing the risk of injury to yourself.

At the end of the warm up you should feel slightly short of breathe and a bit warmer. The warm up should last for a minimum of five minutes.

You can do the warm up either sitting or standing, whichever feels best for you.  Make sure you are sitting or standing up tall during the exercises. It's OK to hold on to a secure surface to keep safe during any of the exercises.

Exercise Programme - details of exercises

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Reports of Exercise Classes Held

 

 

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