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How can strength training exercises help people with lung diseases?

Lyall A. Gorenstein, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
Strength exercises for people with lung diseases are designed specifically to strengthen certain muscle groups. Always do exercises slowly and use the appropriate amount of weight. Weight should be increased only when you can easily do 3 sets of 8-10 repetitions without fatigue. You should increase weights in small increments to avoid injury and undo soreness. It has recently been documented that certain types of antibiotic medications as well as corticosteroids (prednisone) may increase your risk of musculoskeletal injury (i.e. sprains or strains) with heavy weight lifting. If you are currently on medications of this sort, consult your physician before beginning or increasing your activity.

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