One of my goals as a pulmonary fibrosis patient is to stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Regularly exercising has helped me immensely. I actually feel better than I used to. At first, I thought my doctor was crazy when he referred me to pulmonary rehabilitation. I couldn’t believe that he was asking me to exercise when I was exhausted all the time!
Pulmonary rehab is a program for patients who have lung conditions like COPD, emphysema, asthma, and pulmonary fibrosis. The program I went through lasted 10 sessions and focused on exercising and how to take care of our lungs. Over time, I have learned how important pulmonary rehab is to feel better and extend my life.
The less active we become, the more our bodies decondition. This contributes to decreased lung function and the need for supplemental oxygen. It also increases the chance of hospitalization and reduces our quality of life.
Many patients are unable to attend pulmonary rehab for a variety of reasons. I used to go three to four times a week, but as my lungs have worsened, it’s gotten harder and harder to attend. Just getting there and back as well as doing all the exercises at once wears me out and exhausts me for the rest of the day. Fortunately, I recently found another way.
Pulmonary Wellness Online
I started an online pulmonary rehab program three weeks ago that has made a big difference in my life. It is called Pulmonary Wellness Online and is headed up by Dr. Noah Greenspan, founder of the Pulmonary Wellness & Rehabilitation Center and a board-certified clinical specialist in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy.
Dr. Greenspan is also the author of the excellent book, “Ultimate Pulmonary Wellness,” a comprehensive resource for all people living with a respiratory disease, including patients’ families, caretakers, and clinicians.
I’m letting you know about this comprehensive online program because it has been so beneficial to me. I get no perks from telling you about it. This is how it works: You access this program on the internet via your computer or another device. Each day, Dr. Greenspan starts off with a talk about what he’ll cover that day. That is followed by three other activities (which I do throughout the day) that vary daily, such as walking, balance, flexibility, strength training, meditation and motivation, qi gong and tai chi, practicing positive mindsets, yoga, and breathing exercises. There are also live interactive group seminars, Q&A sessions, and personalized one-on-one phone or video consultations.
How it’s helped me
I knew pulmonary rehab would be helpful to me physically; I feel better and have more stamina after only two weeks. What I didn’t expect was how supported and encouraged I would feel. Having a rare disease like pulmonary fibrosis often makes me feel alone and like I have to figure everything out myself. It’s so nice to have a coach by my side who addresses all aspects of my well-being.
Dr. Greenspan really cares about us. He created this program to be our coach, motivator, and encourager. He and many experienced experts come alongside us to help us be as healthy as possible and to improve our quality of life. You can read more about the Pulmonary Wellness Online program here.
How it inspires me
- I feel like I have a coach in my corner who educates and motivates me.
- I don’t have to figure everything out on my own; it’s all laid out for me.
- I feel empowered. I can have a positive impact on my health even with such a serious disease.
- Working this program is an act of self-care.
- I can work out and improve my health from the comfort of my home.
- I am part of a larger community of PF patients who support and encourage one another.
Doesn’t this sound great? This program starts with a six-week boot camp, followed by new content including weekly live seminars, weekly Q&A sessions, and joint presentations with many of the top experts in their respective specialties.
I encourage you to check it out. Try it for a month or take advantage of the yearly discount rate. It feels so good to do something proactively to improve my health!
I’d love to hear from you!
Do you attend pulmonary rehab? Have you tried Dr. Greenspan’s program? How has exercising improved your health and quality of life?
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