EXERCISE helps keep the heart and lungs healthy for members of a respiratory support group.
The Portsmouth branch of Breathe Easy, which is run by the British Lung Foundation, runs its sessions at the Paulsgrove Community Centre, in Marsden Road.
Every Thursday people with breathing conditions such chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder meet to take part in exercises to help them stay active.
Members are referred to the group by a medical professional.
Peter Moseley, 78, of Park Grove, Cosham, has been attending the support group in Paulsgrove.
Mr Moseley, a retired insurance engineer, had his right lung removed in 2008 after it became cancerous.
He needs to use a machine called a portable concentrator, which purifies the air he breathes in while exercising.
He said: ‘I’ve been coming here for four years because it gives me exercise and companionship.
‘We do gentle arm and leg exercises and afterwards I can go to the gym for a bit too.
‘Since I’ve had my lung removed I’ve been coming here and without their support, I don’t think I would do any exercise.’
Around 30 people attend the weekly sessions, which uses weights to help strengthen muscles.
Anna Walker, leader of the pulmonary team from Solent NHS Trust, takes the class each week.
She said: ‘Firstly we do a seven-week course in Cosham, Buckland and Eastney, for people with lung conditions.
‘After that people come to these follow-up sessions.
‘The idea of the group is to encourage people to exercise, because it can be difficult to get motivated when you’re on your own.
‘It’s important they keep their muscles as strong as possible.
‘People with lung problems are more likely to pick up chest infections.
‘So it’s important the heart and lungs aren’t put under strain if other body muscles are weak.’
Alongside the exercise session, a monthly support meeting also takes place.
The free session takes place at the Buckland Community Centre, in Malins Road, Buckland.
The group is hoping to get help with sponsorship in order to keep the sessions going and need to raise £300.
Chairman Eric Compton said: ‘It’s not a huge sum of money, but it goes towards renting out the room at the centre, so if someone could help, then it would be great.’
To help, call Eric on (023) 9232 7840.