Russell Winwood, here, and for those of you who don’t know me, I’m the man people refer to as the COPD athlete. As a native of Australia, I’ve spent my fair share of time at the beach, and I still enjoy a good beach day now that I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Even though it’s wintertime here in the Southern Hemisphere, I wanted to talk about 3 activities COPD patients can do at the beach. This way those of you experiencing summertime can enjoy some beach time.
Swimming is one of my favorite activities to do, and it’s especially enjoyable at the beach in spite of my COPD. For instance, the water is naturally buoyant, and this helps me stay afloat and use less energy than, say, jogging. It also helps me work my lungs and keep my body in shape.
However, I do recommend a few things to COPD patients who are wary of swimming in the ocean. For one thing, it’s a good idea to use a life jacket or paddleboard when you swim. This will help keep you afloat even if you have to stop and rest or catch your breath. Also, make sure you check for information about any dangerous currents at the beach you’re visiting before swimming. This way, you can safely enjoy the water.
2. Kite Flying
If you prefer to stay on land, there are still plenty of beach activities you can do with COPD. For instance, you may want to consider flying a kite. The beach is a great place for kite flying because there’s very often a nice breeze coming off the water. This makes it easier to get your kite aloft without too much effort, and it also gives you the opportunity to practice impressive aerial maneuvers.
3. Building a Sand Castle
Another fun activity that COPD patients can enjoy at the beach is building a sand castle. Not only can this activity bring back fond memories of past beach trips, but it’s also easy on the lungs. You won’t have to move around too much, so there’s a smaller chance that you’ll find yourself out of breath. It’s also an excellent opportunity to let out your inner creativity, as well as an enjoyable way to spend time with grandchildren.
These are just 3 of the options for beach activities you may want to try if you have COPD. I’ve only scratched the surface of endless possibilities. This is Russell Winwood wishing you easy breathing and lots of fun in the sun and sea.
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