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If you are thinking about starting an exercise maintenance program, then we would recommend:
If you are a fitness centre staff member, then:
If you are not a fitness centre staff member, but would like to try and get an exercise maintenance program in your community, then:
The program should be offered a minimum of twice a week. Maintenance is a life long commitment. The sessions should last at least one hour. This will allow time for people to warm up, do their exercises as outlined in their exercise plan, do their breathing techniques if they need to get their breathing under control, and allow for a cool down.
The individualized exercise plan should include both aerobic and strength training for upper and lower extremities. The variety of exercises may include, but are not limited to; resistance training with therabands, hand weights, stationary cycles, treadmill, track or hallway walking.
Exercise should be supervised by a trained fitness trainer, or kinesiologist. The number of trainers to client ratio will vary depending on the severity of the clients’ breathing challenges.
Ideally, the cost of the program should be included in the gym membership, however, for those who do not have a membership, we recommend offering a nominal per session fee of about $5.00/session.
You can find a variety of assessment and evaluation tools on this website that are appropriate for this population group.