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Exercise Training in Pulmonary Rehabilitation

  • Chris Burtin
  • Richard ZuWallack
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Abstract

Higher levels of exercise capacity and physical activity are each independently related to health in individuals in general and COPD patients in particular [1]. Exercise and physical activity, however, while sharing some features, are separate concepts: exercise is considered a subset of physical activity. Physical activity refers to any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that results in energy expenditure. In contrast, exercise is planned, structured, typically repetitive, and done with a particular goal in mind [2]. Increases in both exercise capacity and physical activity are important goals of pulmonary rehabilitation, although the methods (and success) of achieving these goals are different.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine and Life SciencesRehabilitation Research Centre, Biomedical Research Institute, Hasselt UniversityDiepenbeekBelgium
  2. 2.Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, University of ConnecticutFarmingtonUSA

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