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Have you tried every kind of exercise known to man and you're still unable to complete an entire fitness session? Then "Functional Fitness For COPD" may be just the exercise program for you!<P> Functional Fitness for COPD and Asthma is an original exercise video created by occupational therapist Suzanne Andrews which focuses on improving your breathing, relieving your stress and increasing your quality of life as you learn to live with COPD.<P> Pros<P> Affordable for most pocketbooks, generally sells for $19.99.
Medically engineered for safety and efficacy.<P> Increases strength and capacity of respiratory muscles.<P> An alternative exercise plan for those patients unable to undergo a traditional pulmonary rehabilitation program.<P> Helps COPD patients function better in their daily lives.<P> Uses no fancy medical jargon -- easy to follow techniques are simple to comprehend and perform.<P> Allows you to choose your level, either seated or standing.<P> Teaches gentle therapeutic breathing exercises designed to help increase your lung capacity.<P> Helps to increase your endurance by giving you more energy to breathe, a plus for patients with COPD.<P> Includes therapeutic energy conservation techniques to help you improve your ability to cook, dress, play with your pets and perform other activities of daily living so you can stay active.<P> Bonus feature that includes excerpts from the TV show Medical Matters, where doctors discuss symptoms, types and treatments for asthma.<P> Cons<P> May be unaffordable to those on fixed incomes.<P> Little focus on large muscle groups of the lower body like the legs, which would also greatly benefit from muscle strengthening and conditioning for COPD patients.<P> Guide Review
I found Functional Fitness for COPD and Asthma to be a very simple program that most COPD patients, regardless of degree of disability, will be able to perform easily in the comfort of their own homes. Suzanne Andrews provides a clear explanation of the disease process, and incorporates a variety of breathing techniques into this uncomplicated, comprehensive exercise DVD. My favorite feature is the special therapeutic energy conservation section. If you want to increase your ability to perform daily living activities and decrease the workload of breathing, then Functional Fitness for COPD and Asthma is a good option.
About.com Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by the Medical Review Board --Deborah Leader, RN, About.com COPD Guide
"Suzanne Andrews medically formulated therapeutic breathing techniques are demonstrated clearly and easily. Very beneficial for your respiratory health." --Elizabeth Stephenson: Holistic Home Health
Suzanne Andrews, Occupational Therapy Practitioner, Host of Functional Fitness, specializes in increasing peoples functional ability through medically engineered fitness techniques for the over 40 population. <P> Functional Fitness DVD s are the only medically engineered programs that offer you the opportunity to increase your functional ability and focus on real life fitness for real life challenges.<P> Whether you need to decrease stiffness and pain caused from arthritis, lose weight, improve your balance, increase your flexibility, get thicker, stronger bones because of osteoporosis, or improve the health of your neck and back, Suzanne Andrews vast therapeutic exercise knowledge will increase your health with a special consideration on safety and injury prevention.<P> Other Functional Fitness TM DVD s available on Amazon are: *Arthritis Relief: Reduce/Eliminate joint pain/stiffness
*Pain Free Neck & Back: Stronger, Healthier Neck & Back
*Bone Builder: Increase bone density
*Brain Power: Improve mental alertness/memory
*Diabetes: Increase circulation and energy
*Fat Burning: The fasted way to burn fat!
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