Frequency: Cardiovascular physical activity should be performed 3-5 days each week with an aim of accumulating at least 150 minutes a week.
Intensity: Low to moderate intensity (10-12 on the RPE scale or 2-3 on the Borg Dyspnea scale) effort is recommended for clients new to exercise. Better conditioned clients may work at higher intensities (i.e., moderate to vigorous intensity (13-15 on the RPE scale or 4-6 on the Borg Dyspnea scale) as their condition permits).
Time: Exercise ranging from 20-60 minutes a day can be beneficial, with durations as short as 10 minutes.
Type: Rhythmic activities that incorporate major muscle groups such as walking, running, cycling, swimming, or pool exercise (ideally non-chlorinated) are appropriate for better conditioned individuals. Walking, stationary cycling, and upper body exercises are great for individuals new to exercise and for those who have a more severe lung condition.