Interstitial lung disease is an umbrella term for a group of conditions that affect the interstitium, which is the tissue and space around the air sacs of the lungs. These conditions are associated with shortness of breath and reduced physical capacity, which can lead to inactivity and deconditioning.
Together with appropriate medical management, exercise programs can play a role to reduce the symptoms of interstitial lung disease and improve a person’s fitness and health.
Is exercise safe if I have Interstitial Lung Disease?
For most people living with Interstitial Lung Disease, exercise is a safe and effective form or treatment. There are some specific considerations when prescribing an exercise program and it is recommended you consult with an exercise physiologist to find out what is the most appropriate prescription for you. An exercise physiologist will be able to perform exercise testing to assess your current capacity for physical activity and provide a specific exercise program that suits your situation.
What type of exercise is best for patients with Interstitial Lung Disease?
In general, an exercise program consisting of both aerobic and resistance exercise achieves the greatest outcomes. The specific prescription of exercise is based on the findings of an assessment performed by an exercise physiologist and is individual to each patient. General exercise recommendations include:
• 20-60 minutes of aerobic exercise most days per week, with exercise intensities based on dyspnoea scales (measures of shortness of breath) and measurements of oxygen saturation in the blood.
• 20-30 minutes of resistance training (strength exercise) with weights, resistance bands or bodyweight on at least two days per week.
Our Exercise Physiologists at Glebe Physio are professionals who are trained in the safe and effective prescription of exercise for people with conditions such as interstitial lung disease.
At Glebe Physio, we offer one-on-one appointments to individually assess your situation and tailor an exercise program for you, as well as fully supervised classes for those who enjoy exercising in a group environment.