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Exercise Prescription Table

Summary of Exercise Prescription

This table provides details for the initial prescription for a patient with COPD.

See relevant sections in the toolkit for examples of the exercises (i.e. mode) and details for exercise progression

 

Mode


Intensity


Protocol


Duration


Frequency


Lower limb


1) endurance training


Ground walking


Treadmill walking


Stationary Cycle


or a combination of the above with a total duration of 30 minutes



2) strength training


Walking training


Ground-based


80% average speed on 6MWT


75% peak speed on ISWT


Dyspnoea rating of 3 (moderate)


Continuous or interval


30 minutes


4 or 5 times a week that includes 2 or 3 supervised sessions and home exercise training


Walking training


Treadmill


As for ground-based walking training but reduce speed by 0.5 to 1 kph until familiar with treadmill


Continuous or interval


30 minutes


4 or 5 days a week that includes 2 or 3 supervised sessions and home exercise training


Stationary cycle training (if possible)


Dyspnoea rating of 3 (moderate)


Continuous or interval


30 minutes


4 or 5 days a week that includes 2 or 3 supervised sessions and home exercise training


See relevant section for examples of strength exercises


 

10 RM (repetition maximum)


10 repetitions (1 set)


2 or 3 times a week with at least 1 day rest between sessions


Upper limb


 1) endurance training


See relevant section for examples of exercises


Determine the weight that the patient can only lift 15 times


Dyspnoea rating of 2 or 3 (slight or moderate)


 

15 repetitions (1 set)


4 or 5 times a week that includes 2 or 3 supervised sessions and home exercise training


2) strength training


See relevant section for examples of exercises


10 RM (repetition maximum)


 

10 repetitions (1 set)


2 or 3 times a week with at least 1 day rest between sessions