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      Like many of you, I am missing the opportunities to participate in gentle movements and exercise under the close supervision of my pulmonary rehabilitation team during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the need to remain physically distanced, getting exercise and moving our bodies as patients living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) remains critically important. However, sometimes I feel a little lost in knowing how to do this or what exercises are good for me as I continue to recovery from various viral and bacterial infections.

       

      I recently watched a recorded video with several specialists in the field of pulmonary fibrosis and respiratory medicine, which was offered through the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. The video talked with specialists on the topic of COVID-19 and IPF/PF, which you can watch HERE. One of the speakers talked about the various  resources available online for patients to work on gentle movement and exercise at home. I was pleasantly surprised that all of these (credible!) sources of information were available to us and wanted to share them with you:

       

      UHN Pulmonary Rehabilitation by Dr. Ken Chapman and Meeran Manji video

      Nurse Next Door – Online videos

      Patient education resources – Respiratory rehabilitation handouts

      CPFF Rehab & Exercises

       

      … I want to ensure appropriate credit and thanks is giving to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (CPFF) for these great resources. Another great resource is of course the Pulmonary Wellness Centre, which offers free online rehabilitation programs.

       

      How are you continuing to remain active during quarantine?

       

      Have your local hospital(s) or pulmonary rehab centers offered any online tools for you to try?

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