Exercise

After your lung transplant, your doctor and treatment team at Mayo Clinic may recommend that you make exercise and physical activity a regular part of your life to continue to improve your overall physical and mental health.

Exercising regularly helps you control your blood pressure, control stress, maintain a healthy weight, strengthen your bones and increase your physical function. As you become more fit, your body is able to use oxygen more effectively.

Your Mayo Clinic treatment team will create an exercise program to meet your needs. You'll likely participate in pulmonary rehabilitation — a program of exercise and education that may help improve your breathing and daily functioning. Your team may provide training and education in many areas, including exercise, nutrition and breathing strategies. Mayo Clinic offers pulmonary rehabilitation at each Mayo Clinic campus.

Your exercise program may include warm-up exercises, such as stretching or slow walking. Your treatment team may suggest physical activities such as walking, bicycling or strength training as part of your exercise program. Specialists in the treatment team will likely recommend that you cool down after you exercise, perhaps by walking slowly. Discuss with your treatment team what activities may be appropriate for you.

Take a break from exercising if you feel tired. If you feel symptoms such as shortness of breath or dizziness, stop exercising. If your symptoms don't go away, contact your doctor.

International patients

International patients can request an appointment at any Mayo Clinic location.

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