Exercise after your lung transplant

After your lung transplant, exercise and physical activity should be a regular part of your life to improve your health and fitness. Exercising regularly helps you control your blood pressure, control stress, maintain a healthy weight, strengthen your bones, reduce your risk of developing heart disease and increase your physical function. As you become more fit, your body is able to use oxygen more effectively.

Your treatment team will create an exercise program to meet your needs. You'll also have pulmonary rehabilitation to improve your breathing and to help you learn how to coordinate your breathing in your daily life activities. Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota offers the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program for people who have had lung conditions (pulmonary diseases). Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida offers a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program for people who have had heart and lung conditions or who have had a lung transplant.

Your program may include flexibility, endurance and strengthening exercises. Your exercise program should include warm-up exercises, such as stretching or slow walking. Also, your program may include walking, bicycling, strength training and other activities for endurance. It's a good idea to cool down after you exercise, perhaps by walking slowly.

If you feel symptoms such as shortness of breath or dizziness, stop exercising. If your symptoms don't go away, contact your doctor.