The benefits of exercise in respiratory medicine
Patients living with lung diseases often experience restricted breathing which causes limited mobility and loss of regular activity. Alongside pharmacotherapies, promoting activity, can not only increase quality of life for a patient but also provide healthcare professionals with a cost-effective method of treatment. Activity can be promoted through informal increased activity for a patient in everyday life or through prescribed sessions of pulmonary rehabilitation.
Despite evidence supporting the benefits of activity, it is an underused intervention. In the latest instalment of ERS Vision, experts discuss how activity can decrease hospital admissions and represent cost savings, while patients share their experiences of how physical activity has improved their quality of life.