A Comparison of Calisthenic and Cycle Exercise Training in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Tekindal, Mustafa Agah
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Aim: To compare the effects of calisthenic and cycle exercises with no exercise in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients.Method: Forty-seven participants were allocated to either a cycle or calisthenic exercise or control group. Outcome measures, including Saint George Respiratory Questionnaire, pulmonary functions, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, Fitness Testing, and Hospital Anxiety-Depression, Modified Medical Research Council Dyspnea, Fatigue Severity, Fatigue Impact Scales, were performed before and after the intervention.Results: The change in VE/VCO2 significantly differed (p=0.01) between two exercise groups. Physical fitness, quality of life, anxiety-depression, dyspnea and fatigue changed significantly in exercise groups, with no between-group differences. There were no significant improvements in control group.Conclusion: Calisthenics are as safe and effective as cycle exercise and could be included in comprehensive treatment programs.