Should Bronchiectasis Patients Exercise?

There have been many studies on the benefits of exercise for bronchiectasis patients and they all conclude that exercise should be an essential part of treatment for anyone suffering from this chronic lung condition.

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Clinical trials have found that participants who exercise twice weekly experience both short- and long-term benefits. Patients who exercised regularly had less frequent exacerbations, could walk further in the six-minute walking test, and were less short of breath. Find out more about studies of the effects of exercise for bronchiectasis patients here. 

It’s thought that pulmonary rehabilitation consisting of regular exercise can improve the quality of life for those suffering from bronchiectasis in the same way it does for other chronic lung disease patients.

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  1. Betsy Martin says:

    I’m 64 and I was diagnosed with bronchiectasis and MAC lung disease a year ago. I made the decision not to take the regimen of antibiotics normally prescribed for MAC, because of the debilitating side effects. I do Crossfit a minimum of five days a week and spin class twice a week. I always feel better after I exercise….and it is strenuous. I can’t stress enough the importance of movement.
    Feeling blessed.

  2. Nila Atkins says:

    I am 53 years old and was diagnosed with non cystic Bronchiectasis at the age of 25. I had to have a lobe removed on my left side. while my right lung and lobes are still in tact. But, I have been experiencing more tightness and phlegm production. I take a daily regiment of nebulizers and use the vest up to 3x a day. And use cipro to combat several infections. I also carry the psuedomonas bacteria. I have gained so much weight due to being so fatigued and a unhealthy diet. My activity levels have not been that good. I am needing to lose a great deal of excessive weight which I know has affected my breathing and ability to exercise. I have been given the Ok by my doctor to exercise. So I am trying out some light yoga to improve my strength and muscle tone. I am wondering does anyone have some ideas on any other exercises that will reduce a tummy quickly without causing issue with my breathing? I would really appreciate any help or advice Thanks

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