Endurance Training – Upper Limb
Although most research studies have concentrated on lower limb exercise training, the upper limbs should not be neglected as the arms are important for everyday tasks.
Some studies have examined supported arm training (arm cranking), but arm cranks are not readily accessible and arm cranking is not a very functional activity. Therefore, the recommended arm exercises are confined to unsupported arm exercises. A pulmonary rehabilitation program should include unsupported arm exercises with or without added weights (depending on patient’s degree of disability).