How do I… exercise in a bed or chair?

Exercise is important for all of us to stay fit and healthy. However, it can be difficult to exercise with a condition such aspergillosis, and you may only be able to manage small, gentle bursts at a time. Here are some of our suggestions for exercising in a bed or a chair.

Techniques and ideas: Be realistic, celebrate small successes, remember to breathe, and STOP if it hurts.
Gradually ramp up your exercise programme at a pace YOU can manage using the FITT principles: Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type.
Go on YouTube to find chair-based versions of all your favourite exercise classes, or try something new and fun to keep you motivated: Zumba, kickboxing, belly dance…

Aspergillosis specific exercises: Try out some exercises recommended by LIFE (Leading International Fungal Education worldwide), or these suggested by the NHS.
Your GP may be able to refer you to a pulmonary rehabilitation programme, where you will work with a physiotherapist to improve your fitness and learn to understand your own abilities to control symptoms such as breathlessness.

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