Exercise is an important part of rehabilitation for chronic disease. Regular exercise can help you feel less short of breath. It also improves your heart and muscles and can help you feel good about yourself.

Exercise increases:
  • Energy level
  • Muscle strength and endurance
  • Cardiopulmonary (heart-lung) endurance
  • Ability to fight infection
  • Relaxation
  • Restful sleep
  • Bone density
Exercise decreases:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Risk factors of heart disease
  • Blood pressure
  • Side effects of medicine (steroids)
  • Depression
  • Blood sugar levels

Learn about starting an exercise program and exercises you can do at home:


This information has been approved by Kimberly Sack, MS, PT (May 2012).

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Pediatric Exercise Tolerance Center

The only center of its kind in Colorado, the Pediatric Exercise Tolerance Center focuses on the evaluation and treatment of exercise intolerance in children. Our mission is to enable children to comfortably play without respiratory distress at any level, from the playground to the competitive arena.