People living with chronic lung disease are caught in a difficult cycle – cardiovascular exercise is essential for strengthening their lungs, yet at the same time, lung disease often prevents them from participating in regular fitness programs.
To help solve this challenge, the Lung Health Foundation has developed and implemented an innovative model for exercise maintenance for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as other chronic lung diseases such as severe asthma and pulmonary fibrosis. In partnership with fitness centres and with the support of pulmonary rehabilitation programs, it has been introduced across Ontario.
What is Fitness for Breath?
Fitness for Breath is a respiratory exercise maintenance program designed as post-rehabilitation. It is not intended to replace rehabilitation, but instead provide a resource to continue your exercise routine. In the Fitness for Breath program, participants learn the importance of staying active for life and the health benefits of exercise.
The Goals of Fitness for Breath
- Encourage an inactive population to become active for life
- Improve participants’ activity and daily function
- Improve physical literacy and fundamental movement skills
- Provide an accessible and safe exercise environment, and
- Strengthen the community recreation sector.
EDUCATION AND HOME EXERCISE MODULES
This section contains two e-learning modules and two presentations that have been designed to assist with lung disease (COPD) education, setting up new Fitness for Breath program sites and lung health support groups and creating suitable at-home exercise programs for people living with lung disease.
Are you a fitness trainer? Get involved!
These e-modules will help you bring Fitness for Breath to your community. For additional information and help getting started, please email us.
Lung Health 101 Basic Training
Fitness Trainer Program
This course assists fitness trainers in planning and implementing their Fitness for Breath exercise maintenance program for participants living with a chronic lung disease. It is intended for trainers who have completed a “Lung Health 101” training through the Lung Health Foundation, Heart Wise or another certified training program.
Find a Fitness for Breath location
Classes are supervised by qualified and trained fitness staff at each Fitness for Breath program location. They are designed to work with people at any fitness level and ability. Classes are offered a minimum of twice a week and are at least 60 minutes in length. The class components may include the following:
- Aerobic exercises
- Resistance / strength training
- Flexibility exercises.
Bradford West Gwillimbury Leisure Centre
471 West Park Ave., Bradford, ON
Phone: (905) 775-7529
YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka (Barrie Location)
22 Grove Street, West Barrie, ON
Phone: (705) 726-6421
YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka (Innisfil Location)
1-7315 Yonge Street, Innisfil, Ontario
Phone: (705) 431-9622
YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka (Gravenhurst Location)
1-101 Centennial Drive, Gravenhurst, ON
Phone: (705) 687-9899
55 Gordon St. Whitby, ON
Phone: (905) 665-8500
Town of Newmarket – Magna Centre
800 Mulock Drive Newmarket, Ontario
Phone: (905) 895-5193
Town of Bracebridge
110 Clearbrook Trail
Bracebridge, ON P1L 0A3
200 Hume Street
Collingwood ON L9Y 4E8
Wasaga Beach YMCA
1724 Mosley St.
Wasaga Beach ON L9Z 1Z7