How can arm endurance training help people with lung diseases?

Lyall A. Gorenstein, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
Arm endurance training in people with lung diseases may be done supported using an arm ergometer, (UBE), or with an arm crank. Either supported or unsupported arm calisthenics or (arm-r-cise). It should also be continuous for at least 15 minutes, 3 times a week. Initially interval training or exercising for shorter times may be necessary until tolerance is achieved. Three 5 minute intervals with rest periods may be a more realistic goal to start. General recommendations for supported arm endurance are to begin with little or no resistance (tension). When 15 minutes of continuous exercise is tolerated, progress by adding small increments of resistance in the middle portion of the exercise. Always include a warm up and cool down period at a lower resistance for all endurance types of training. When doing calisthenics unsupported, build up to 15 minutes and once this is tolerated, add small hand weights (1/2-1 lb.) in each hand. You may find it necessary to return to interval training in order to tolerate the increased challenge.

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