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COPD

17 May 2011

Wii helps COPD patients breathe easy

The Wii Fit offers patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease an effective workout – and one that, because it is enjoyable, patients are more likely to use.

According to a new study conducted by researchers in Connecticut, the Wii Fit offers patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) an effective workout – and one that, because it is enjoyable, patients are more likely to use.

Regular exercise benefits COPD patients by increasing overall muscle tone and improving cardiopulmonary fitness. Getting patients to exercise regularly at home, while ideal, can be difficult, especially in patients with COPD, where exercise tolerance may be limited. Finding an exercise routine that patients enjoy may help motivate them to exercise regularly, said Albores.

 

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