- Have you recently completed an in hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program?
- Do you want to continue to reduce your risk of COPD exacerbations?
- Are you looking for a community based program to continue group exercise classes?
What is Lungs in Action?
Lungs in Action is a safe and enjoyable community-based exercise program run by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. The classes are 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.
What do the classes involve?
The Lungs in Action classes involve once weekly group exercise sessions. The classes are run by our exercise physiologists, who have completed the Lungs in Action accreditation process through Lung Foundation Australia. The classes consist of a combination of walking and strength based exercises. All exercises can be modified for individual abilities and the classes are suitable for those with supplemental oxygen and/or walking frames.
Benefits of exercise for lung health:
- Improve symptoms of breathlessness
- Easier to complete daily activities such as cooking or doing the washing
- Helps manage weight
- Improves overall health and well being
- Improves aerobic fitness
- Improves strength and flexibility
- Increases bone mineral density
How do I know if I am suitable for the program?
Anyone who has recently completed pulmonary rehabilitation may attend the Lungs in Action classes. 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. The classes are also suitable for people who require supplemental oxygen and walking frames.
What if I have completed pulmonary rehabilitation more than 12 months ago?
If you have completed pulmonary rehabilitation more than 12 months ago, and have been participating in regular weekly exercise sessions, then your GP can complete the GP Lungs in Action Entry Form and you can attend the classes.
What if I have completed pulmonary rehabilitation more than 12 months ago and have not been completing regular exercise?
To attend the classes, you will first need to complete an assessment with your original Pulmonary Rehabilitation coordinator. They can then refer you in to the Lungs in Action classes, or in to another period of Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
To check your eligibility, please click: here.
Frequently asked questions
When can I start?
Our classes run weekly on Wednesdays at 1:30pm.
How long do the sessions run for?
Each session runs for 60 minutes.
Do I need to book in?
Yes. Bookings are essential. Click on the registration button above to register.
What is the cost of the classes?
The classes cost $12 per session. Private health rebates may apply.
Who is the class suitable for?
The class is suitable for anyone who has a stable chronic lung condition and has completed Pulmonary Rehabilitation in the past 12 months.
Where are the classes held?
Albury: Level 2, The Gardens, 470 Wodonga Place Albury NSW