The 2015-16 campaign focused on physical activity and the importance of keeping active, or “taking the active option” for lung health.
There is a growing body of evidence supporting the importance of exercise for lung health, both for the population in general, and people living with chronic lung conditions.
- Being active is important for lung health, both for the general population and people living with long-term lung conditions
- Regular physical activity can improve quality of life and fitness
- Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of long-term lung diseases
- There is a level of exercise or physical activity that is suitable for everyone
- Lack of physical activity could make breathlessness worse in conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma
- You breathe more air when you exercise so it is important to be aware of air quality when you are active
Key messages for professionals
- Regular physical activity has been shown to improve quality of life and fitness in healthy individuals and to reduce the risk of chronic disease
- Beneficial effects of regular physical activity on lung function decline and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) risk have been reported
- Lack of physical activity has devastating effects on the health of patients with COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis and others
- Physical activity should always be part of the management plan of patients with chronic respiratory conditions
- COPD patients with reduced physical activity generally have more breathlessness and impaired exercise tolerance
- Lack of physical activity in combination with poor nutritional habits may predispose people to obesity, which in itself can be an issue for people living with chronic respiratory diseases
- Physical activity can delay the onset or reduce the progression of COPD and reduce its severity