Based on the current circumstances around coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community, please be advised that some Lungs in Action programs may not be operating. Lung Foundation Australia is working directly with our Lungs in Action instructors to ensure COVID Safe measures are in place prior to recommencing classes. Rehabilitation clinicians and GP’s can still refer their clients using the referral pack found here.
What is Lungs in Action?
Lungs in Action is a safe and enjoyable ongoing community-based pulmonary maintenance exercise program for people living with a chronic lung disease to maintain the benefits achieved through pulmonary rehabilitation. It is also suitable for people with heart failure who often experience similar symptoms such as breathlessness, to those with chronic lung conditions.
Research shows that a regular community-based exercise maintenance classes combined with a home exercise program is an effective intervention for maintaining improvements following pulmonary rehabilitation.1,2 Through these programs, we aim to support people in having access to an ongoing community exercise service tailored to their personal needs.
Lungs in Action classes are run by exercise professionals who have completed Lung Foundation Australia’s best-practice comprehensive training package. Classes provide an essential structure and exercise routine for people living with a chronic lung disease which is an important aspect of self-management to ensure they keep well and out or hospital, and are socially connected with people in similar circumstances for peer support.
What are the benefits for patients?
Research shows that for people living with a chronic lung disease, continuing regular exercise after pulmonary rehabilitation helps maintain their fitness and wellbeing. It’s important they continue regular exercise as the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation can decline over 6 -12 months if it is not maintained.
Some of the other benefits of attending Lungs in Action include:
- Improve symptoms of breathlessness making daily activities easier
- Meet and socialise with people in a similar situation to them and who understand what it’s like to live with a chronic condition
- Exercises are tailored to their specific needs by a specially trained instructor.
Who can do Lungs in Action?
Lungs in Action is for people with stable chronic lung conditions who have completed a pulmonary rehabilitation program and is also suitable for people with stable NYHA Class II and III heart failure who have completed heart failure rehabilitation.
Whilst class formats may vary between instructors and equipment availability, all classes are suitable for people using supplemental oxygen and/or walking frames, and there are seated options for every exercise.
Referring your patient
To enrol in Lungs in Action, patients must be referred by their health professional (medical practitioner or rehabilitation clinician) so they can be assessed to determine whether they meet eligibility criteria for safety.