Thursday, November 19, 2009

Strength Training Can Help People With Lung Disease

“People with chronic lung disease like emphysema or bronchitis can strengthen their arms and legs with resistance training, and this strength may help them perform everyday tasks more easily, a new review of 18 studies confirms. Rehabilitation programs are intended to help people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), who often experience loss of muscle strength and fatigue, learn to exercise safely, Dr. Simone D. O'Shea of Charles Sturt University in Albury, New South Wales, Australia and her colleagues note in their report in the medical journal Chest. There has been a growing emphasis in such programs on progressive resistance training, in which a person moves increasingly heavy weights to improve their strength...

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