Exercise training in pulmonary rehabilitation

Clin Chest Med. 2014 Jun;35(2):313-22. doi: 10.1016/j.ccm.2014.02.013. Epub 2014 Apr 12.


Exercise training remains a cornerstone of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) in patients with chronic respiratory disease. The choice of type of exercise training depends on the physiologic requirements and goals of the individual patient as well as the available equipment at the PR center. Current evidence suggests that, at ground walking exercise training, Nordic walking exercise training, resistance training, water-based exercise training, tai chi, and nonlinear periodized exercise are all feasible and effective in (subgroups) of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In turn, these exercise training modalities can be considered as part of a comprehensive, interdisciplinary PR program.

Keywords: Exercise; Intervention; Lungs; Physical activity; Pulmonary; Rehabilitation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Exercise Therapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / rehabilitation*
  • Tai Ji