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LUNGtivity

LUNGtivity is a community exercise program for individuals with lung diseases such as COPD.  It is both a virtual (online) and in-person class (when permitted) run by Fitness Leaders specially trained to work with those who have lung conditions.

The goals of the LUNGtivity program are to:

·         Encourage daily movement and stay active for life

·         Help a person with the self-management of their condition

·         Improve a patients daily function and help them feel better

·         Provide a safe and accessible exercise environment

LUNGtivity is a continuation of the exercise portion of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program offered in Manitoba.  It is not required that you complete a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program before this exercise program. However, it is strongly recommended either before participating in LUNGtivity or at the same time as LUNGtivity

 

 

This is the exercise program for you if you can:

·         Walk and transfer to a chair on your own or with a gait aide

          (cane/walker, etc.)

·         Administer/change your own oxygen (if you require oxygen)

·         Have an emergency contact available during your exercise class for safety

 

 

Program Requirements:

To participate in this program:

·         You will need an e-mail address to communicate and receive class links and registration forms

·         You will need a computer or smartphone with a camera and access to a stable internet connection

·         You will be asked to fill out some screening questionnaires and consent to participate in an exercise program

·         You will be asked to provide phone numbers for two emergency contacts who are available during your exercise class in case you feel unwell

·         We ask that you have your computer or smartphone camera on at all times so the Fitness Leader can see you during the exercise class

·         The only equipment you need is a sturdy chair – ideally with arms.  It is not necessary to have any exercise equipment, but if you have some  (small weights, bands, or tubing), the instructor may assist you in using it

·         Participants may be asked to speak to their health care provider before beginning this exercise program.

 

 

Resources and helpful links:

www.lung.ca  – Canadian Lung Association

https://thorax.bmj.com/content/thoraxjnl/72/1/57.full.pdf   “Home-based rehabilitation for COPD using minimal resources: a randomized, controlled equivalence trial”  BY Anne E Holland,  Ajay Mahal, Catherine J Hill, Annemarie L Lee, Angela T Burge, Narelle S Cox, Rosemary Moore, Caroline Nicolson, Paul O’Halloran, Aroub Lahham, Rebecca, Gillies, and Christine F McDonald

 

Pulmonary Rehabilitation resources:

https://wrha.mb.ca/rehabilitation/pulmonary-rehabilitation-program/ WRHA Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

https://wrha.mb.ca/wp-content/site-documents/prog/rehab/files/W-00475PulmonaryRehabProgramReferralForm-WRHA.pdf  Referral form for Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

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