Does exercise increase lung capacity?

2 answers | Last updated: Nov 27, 2010
A fellow caregiver asked...

I have sarcoidosis. Should I use aerobic exercise to increase my lung capacity? My last lung function test shows my lung capacity is that of a 102 year old and I am 59.

Expert Answers

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

I would recommend that you see a pulmonologist because of the results of your pulmonary function tests.  While aerobic exercise can help improve lung function in healthy persons, you may need other medications to help improve your lung function.  The pulmonologist may also have recommendations on how to exercise safely given your lung issues.  Good luck!

Community Answers

Doplheven answered...

hi i had a spirometry test at the and it said my lung capacity was of a 66 yr.old im 53is that forever or just the test i had today