February 18, 2016

Lungs in Action: A patient’s perspective

Emma Gainer, Program Manager, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Lungs in Action, Lung Foundation Australia

After hearing about Jane Braund’s experience as a Lungs in Action instructor in the last edition of LungNet News, we now hear from Allan Roue, who has been attending Lungs in Action for the last 18 months.

Participant name: Allan Roue

Lungs in Action location: St Clair, NSW

Time as a Lungs in Action participant: 18 months

1. What made you join the Lungs in Action class?

I was recommended by the respiratory clinic at Mt Druitt Hospital after completing my pulmonary rehab classes.

2. Did you have any hesitation or were there any barriers to conquer prior to starting the class?

Yes, not being able to do the exercises properly and being made to look silly.

3. What are your perceived benefits to attending this weekly class?

Since I started attending the exercise classes, I have had half the number of hospital admissions I had previously which has been really good for both me and my family.

4. What keeps you coming back each week?

I like coming back because I am able to choose and take part in the exercises that I am comfortable with. I’m only expected to do whatever I can.

5. What is your favourite exercise? 

I like the exercises using resistance bands, which I can also do at home, as well as the boxing fitness – it’s good to punch the pads!

6. Were you a regular exerciser before attending Lungs in Action? Is this the first group exercise class you have been involved in?

No, I only started doing regular exercises at Mt Druitt Hospital and then at the Lungs in Action class.

7. What do you like best about the class?

Meeting and becoming friendly with the other people in the same position as myself.

8. What is the worst thing about the class? 

Nothing, in fact I look forward to attending the class and mixing with the other participants.

If you would like more information about Lungs in Action, click here or phone 1800 654 301.