National and international guidelines strongly endorse the benefits of physical activity and exercise training via pulmonary rehabilitation in patients with COPD.
- Physical activity levels are reduced in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Lower physical activity levels in patients with COPD are associated with poorer outcomes.
- People with COPD should be encouraged to meet the recommended guidelines for physical activity.
- Pulmonary rehabilitation, which includes exercise training and education, is an essential component in the management of COPD.
- Pulmonary rehabilitation improves exercise capacity and quality of life, reduces hospitalisations for acute exacerbations and may improve physical activity levels.
- All people with COPD should be offered pulmonary rehabilitation.