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4 Pulmonary Fibrosis Exercise Tips

Pulmonary Fibrosis Exercise Tips

For people living with pulmonary fibrosis, simple tasks, such as taking a shower, walking around the house and cooking a meal, can be challenging. Pulmonary fibrosis causes shortness of breath, fatigue, coughing and weakness. A type of interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis is a disease that scars the lungs, causing the intricate pulmonary passageways to thicken and harden. Pulmonary scarring obstructs the free passage of oxygen through the walls of the lungs’ tiny air sacs (alveoli) into the bloodstream. Because pulmonary fibrosis makes breathing difficult, many people find staying active difficult. Here are a few pulmonary fibrosis exercise tips that you may not have thought to try until now.

Pulmonary Fibrosis and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive disease, meaning it will worsen over time. However, there are steps you can take to manage your symptoms. Your doctor may refer you to pulmonary rehabilitation depending on your pulmonary function test results. Many people with pulmonary fibrosis benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program that combines exercise, education and support to teach people how to breathe and function at the highest level possible. You’ll work with a team of specialists, nurses and doctors, who will help you work to improve your physical condition and learn how to manage your pulmonary fibrosis, so you can remain healthy and active.

Your pulmonary rehabilitation team will create an individualized plan to fit your needs and abilities, including physical and breathing exercises, lifestyle habits and pulmonary fibrosis exercise tips you can continue at home.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Exercise Tips

Pulmonary Fibrosis Exercise Tips

During pulmonary rehabilitation, you will learn techniques for safe and effective exercise, and your medical team may advise you to stay active at home. To help you stay as active and healthy as possible, we’ve put together a few different types of pulmonary fibrosis exercise tips:

1. Stay in Shape:

Use the tools, techniques and exercises you learned during pulmonary rehabilitation to your advantage to continue strengthening your lungs and yourself. Gentle exercises such as chair yoga, Tai Chi and walking are excellent forms of exercise that don’t put too much strain on you or your lungs. Start slow and increase exercise under the supervision of your doctor. If you begin to feel very short of breath or uncomfortable, take a break and let your doctor know.

2. Eat Well:

Put good nutrition at the top of your pulmonary fibrosis exercise tips list. Eating a balanced, healthy diet full of vitamins and minerals can provide the energy you need to stay active. If you have food allergies or food intolerances, talk to your doctor or dietitian about foods you can eat that will help you receive the vital nutrients you need.

3. Get Plenty of Rest:

People with pulmonary fibrosis typically may experience severe fatigue, so get plenty of sleep at night and enough rest during the day. Resting boosts your immune system and gives you the energy to remain active.

4. Practice Relaxation Techniques:

Living with the symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis can cause anxiety, especially the symptom of breathlessness. Some people find it helpful to join a support group and to learn relaxation techniques. Writing in a journal, having quiet time and listening to calming music are all effective relaxation techniques. If you’re exercising and begin to feel short of breath, relaxation techniques can help you reduce anxiety, so you can continue to exercise.

Take Care of Pulmonary Fibrosis and You

We hope these pulmonary fibrosis exercise tips help you stay as active and healthy as possible. While there isn’t a cure for pulmonary fibrosis, there are treatment options to help people improve their quality of life and breathe more easily. You and your doctor will work together to develop the best pulmonary fibrosis treatment plan for you. Your plan may include medications, inhalers, pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen therapy and more.

For some people, stem cell therapy has helped them feel better, improved their quality of life and helped them become more active. In fact, some people have been able to reduce their oxygen therapy use under the supervision of their doctor. If you or a loved one has pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease or another chronic lung disease and would like to learn more about stem cell treatment options, contact us at (800) 729-3065.


  1. Matt

    12 months ago

    Hello Gael,
    We’re having trouble understanding your question. What do you mean when you say, “high”? Please let us know and we can get your question sorted out. Have a great day.

  2. Gael

    12 months ago

    Have any patients with advanced copd used high, and if so how much have they noticed a difference if any?.

  3. M R

    1 year ago

    Hello Anil,
    Thank you for your question. If you’re interested in learning more, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. That way one of our patient coordinators can go over everything in greater detail. Thanks again and have a great day.

  4. Anil Mohan Tayal

    1 year ago

    I want to know about the cost of Stem cell therepy for Lungs fibrosis.

  5. Matt Reinstetle

    1 year ago

    Hello Christa,
    Thank you for your question. Please give us a call at (855) 313-1149 and one of our patient coordinators can help you with your request. Thanks again and have a great day.

  6. Christa Byars

    1 year ago

    Can you provide me with the names of a IPF patinnt who has taken the Lung Institute.treatments, who I can talk with and compare notes on the disease??

    Thanks for your help in this request

  7. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Deborah,

    Thanks for your comment and questions. The Lung Institute has helped many veterans with chronic lung diseases. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies and Medicare don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies and Medicare in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. We’re happy to answer any questions you or your husband has. Treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, so it’s best to discuss available options with one of our patient coordinators. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Deborah King

    1 year ago

    My husband has agent orange induced asthma since his days in Vietnam. Is there anything that your facility can offer him? He is covered by Medicare and Tricare for life. He is also 100% VA disability. Will this cover for services at your facility?

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