Feasibility of community exercise in neuromuscular disease

Takeaway

  • 12-weeks of aerobic training in a community gym was not only feasible and safe but also improved aerobic capacity in patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A (CMT) and inclusion body myositis (IBM).

Why this matters

  • This study demonstrates that moving exercise interventions away from a clinical setting and into community gyms is a feasible approach to improve aerobic capacity in CMT and IBM patients; this in turn may result in lifestyle changes in these patients, encouraging self-management and supporting the transition from exercise as a medical intervention to a leisure activity.