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How can lower extremity endurance training help people with lung diseases?

Lyall A. Gorenstein, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
Lower extremity endurance training for people with lung diseases makes your muscles (including your heart) more efficient and better able to work. You will be able to do more activity for longer periods of time with greater ease. Endurance training includes aerobic type activities such as treadmill walking, stationary bicycling, or free walking. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 20-30 minutes of continuous exercise 3-5 times a week for optimal cardiovascular and pulmonary benefits. Interval training or exercising for shorter times may be necessary initially until tolerance is achieved. Four 5 minute intervals with rest periods may be a more realistic goal to start. Intensity (speed, resistance, and incline) should be determined using a controlled graded exercise test performed by a physician. It is important to consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise program.

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