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Information and Patient Support

Exercise and Physical Activity


At the end of the session, the participant will have:

  • Increased knowledge of physical fitness.
  • Awareness of the need to increase their level of physical activity and exercise to optimise lung health.
  • Knowledge of how to safely achieve an increased level of physical activity and exercise.



This session may be facilitated by a respiratory nurse, physiotherapist or exercise physiologist.




Introduction to the principles of exercise and physical fitness.The importance of physical activity.Diagram of cycle of inactivity and dyspnoea.

Better Living with COPD (Ch 12).

Starting an exercise program.Precautions for exercise.

Where to exercise.

When to exercise.

Monitoring dyspnoea during exercise.
Examples of a walking program.

Exercise recording sheet.

Modified Borg dyspnoea scale.

Better Living with Exercise – Your Personal Guide (See exercise training chapter resources)

Applications.Exercise guidelines.

Intensity of exercise.

Tips for exercises.

Use of oxygen during exertion.
Examples of an exercise program.
Summary and discussion.Barriers and how to overcome them.

Variety of exercise options available in local area.

Diagram of cycle of increased activity and reduced dyspnoea

Better Living with COPD (Ch 12).

Contact your local council or The Lung Foundation Australia on 1800 654 301.

Topic 9 from the Better Living with your Lung Disease DVD ‘ Benefits of Physical Activity Programs & Ongoing Support’