A COPD Forum favorite, Functional Fitness for COPD and Asthma is an original exercise DVD created by occupational therapy clinician Suzanne Andrews that focuses on improving your breathing, relieving your stress and increasing your quality of life as you learn to live with COPD. Deborah Leader, RN
Since not everyone with COPD has the option to attend pulmonary therapy due to it's $200.00 plus an hour price tag and expensive co pay, Suzanne Andrews, an Occupational Therapy Practitioner and Host of PBS TV's Functional Fitness, formulated a therapeutic program to help increase your lung capacity and give you more lung power. Exercise is essential because the less active you are, the weaker your muscles get. Weak muscles need MORE oxygen and this causes a chain reaction of being short of breath. Suzanne guides you with easy to follow, yet effective, medically proven techniques to create stronger breathing muscles and increased energy for COPD.
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Reviewed by About.com, Deborah Leader, RN and Selected As Number 1 COPD DVD Out of Top 10!
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•Affordable for most pocketbooks, generally sells for $19.99.
•Medically engineered for safety and efficacy.
•Increases strength and capacity of respiratory muscles.
•An alternative exercise plan for those patients unable to undergo a traditional pulmonary rehabilitation program.
•Helps COPD patients function better in their daily lives.
•Uses no fancy medical jargon -- easy to follow techniques are simple to comprehend and perform.
•Allows you to choose your level, either seated or standing.
•Teaches gentle therapeutic breathing exercises designed to help increase your lung capacity.
•Helps to increase your endurance by giving you more energy to breathe, a plus for patients with COPD.
•Includes therapeutic energy conservation techniques to help you improve your ability to cook, dress, play with your pets and perform other activities of daily living so you can stay active.
•Bonus feature that includes excerpts from the TV show Medical Matters, where doctors discuss symptoms, types and treatments for asthma.
•May be unaffordable to those on fixed incomes.
•Little focus on large muscle groups of the lower body like the legs, which would also greatly benefit from muscle strengthening and conditioning for COPD patients.
"I found Functional Fitness for COPD and Asthma to be a very simple program that most COPD patients, regardless of degree of disability, will be able to perform easily in the comfort of their own homes. Suzanne Andrews provides a clear explanation of the disease process, and incorporates a variety of breathing techniques into this uncomplicated, comprehensive exercise DVD. My favorite feature is the special therapeutic energy conservation section. If you want to increase your ability to perform daily living activities and decrease the workload of breathing, then Functional Fitness for COPD and Asthma is a good option." Deborah Leader, RN
COPD Expert Review of Functional Fitness COPD/Asthma DVD
"The World Health Organization designated the year 2010 as the Year of the Lung. This DVD helps persons with COPD - an incurable and progressively debilitating disease, which is the 4th major cause of death and 2nd of disability in the U.S. - to manage their lives more effectively by better breathing techniques and simple exercises." --Vlady Rozenbaum, PhD, COPD-ALERT.com
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"I purchased this product for a friend and he said it is very helpful to him with learning the correct way to breathe." Mary Ford, Missouri
“I have been a really severe asthmatic since I was 13 years old, I am now nearly 68. Today was the first time I have climbed the stairs without discomfort , I am usually (as we say here in Oz "buggered "(Aussie slang for exhausted) by the time I get to the top of the stairs. Today was so different, I climbed the stairs without distress, this has been only after one week on the Functional Fitness COPD DVD exercises. If that sounds fantastic I really work at it using two cans of spaghetti as weights. I never expected to have any results so quickly. Thank you so much." Regards, Dawn Smith, Australia.
With it's stretching, breathing exercises and light weights, this DVD is great for COPD. Betty Mills, Florida
I really like this DVD and give it 5 stars for its instruction and choice of doing the exercises standing or sitting. It's really been a big help to me. Anna Thompson, Vancouver Canada
Wow! They didn't teach me half of these breathing exercises at my doctors - good stuff! Geoff S, Kentucky
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I think it's just a great gentle work-out with lots of stops for breathing and breathing exercises. It can all be done sitting for those who aren't mobile. For me, it was a God-send when first out of the hospital and I highly recommend it. Judy
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