Lungs in Action

What is Lungs in Action?

Lungs in Action is a safe and enjoyable community-based exercise program designed to help people living with a chronic lung disease 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.

Lungs in Action classes are run by exercise professionals who have been specially trained by Lung Foundation Australia to provide exercise training for people with chronic lung conditions and heart failure. The classes are flexible and tailored to suit everyone’s individual needs, whether you have a mild, moderate or severe lung disease. They include exercises such as walking, upper and lower body strength exercises, balance and stretching. There are also seated options for every exercise making it suitable for people who may be more breathless or require supplemental oxygen and walking frames.

“Lungs in Action has given me the opportunity to continue to exercise regularly after finishing pulmonary rehabilitation. If I am not able to attend for a week, I really miss it. I also really enjoy the social side of the class and would go to more classes if they were available.”

Viola, Gold Coast Lungs in Action Participant

What are the benefits of Lungs in Action?

  • Research shows that continuing regular exercise after pulmonary rehabilitation can help maintain your fitness and wellbeing.
  • Improve symptoms of breathlessness, making daily activities such as cooking or doing the washing easier.
  • Exercises are tailored by a specially-trained Lungs in Action instructor to your individual needs.
  • The opportunity to meet and socialise with people who understand what it’s like to live with a chronic lung condition.

Am I eligible to join a Lungs in Action class?

Lungs in Action is designed for people with chronic lung conditions, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), bronchiectasis and/ or stable heart failure (class II and III) who have completed pulmonary rehabilitation or heart failure rehabilitation within the last 12 months.

How do I join?
To join a class, you will need a referral from your health professional including your general practitioner, pulmonary/heart failure rehabilitation physiotherapist or accredited exercise physiologist.

References

1 Cockram J, Cecins N, Jenkins S. Maintaining exercise capacity and quality of life following pulmonary rehabilitation. Respirology (2006) 11, 98-104