Re: From Moderate to Severe Emphysema Last Month
Walking is the best exercise. I recently went through a pulmonary rehabilitation program that was excellent. Met three days a week for an hour of exercise each day and on one day an additional hour of education about some aspect of the disease.
The exercise regime covered both strength exercises (bicep curls, wall push ups, pretty normal stuff) and cardio. Started walking for 6 minutes without resting, then 9, then 11. and so on. I took it at INova in Fairfax VA. Excellent program. The cardio is important but the strength training is also important because the better shape the muscles are in, the less oxygen they need and the more available for you.
Getting the o2 with exercise figured out was one important thing I got from the rehab. Exercise with the O2 if you can work it out. I turn the O2 level up while I am exercising. I highly recommend the rehab-although I don't know if now is the time for you to go or not.
Another thing was understanding the meaning of all those breathing tests results.
Last edited by Administrator; 06-18-2012 at 11:23 AM.