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How can exercise and physical activity benefit you?

People with chronic lung conditions are often less physically active, and can have reduced fitness and muscle strength. By exercising regularly, you can maintain or even improve your fitness and muscle strength which will allow you to participate in your activities of daily living.


Undertaking regular exercise, such as walking or cycling for more than a total of two and a half to five hours of moderate intensity physical activity per week, can improve your health. As a result, you will feel better, keep well and are more likely to stay out of hospital.


Exercise will help to:

  • Make your heart stronger and healthier.
  • Improve your arm, body and leg muscle strength.
  • Improve your breathing / make you less breathless.
  • Reduce your breathlessness during daily activities.
  • Stay out of hospital.
  • Clear sputum from your lungs.
  • Increase the number of activities that you are able to do each day or each week.
  • Improve your balance and reduce your risk of falls.
  • Improve your mood and make you feel more in control.
  • Maintain / improve your independence.
  • Assist your weight control and maintain muscle mass.
  • Improve and maintain your bone density.


Following a diagnosis of COPD, speak with your GP about referral to a pulmonary rehabilitation program. Pulmonary rehabilitation has many benefits and helps restore your health to the highest possible level so that you can improve your quality of life and stay well for longer.