Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may feel like they have no options to stay active this spring. However, I’m here to tell you that this just isn’t true. I typically love to take my jogging, cycling and swimming outside in the spring, but that doesn’t mean you have to do these activities as well. There are a number of activities that can be adapted for COPD patients of all fitness levels.
3 Spring Activities COPD Patients Can Adapt to Their Fitness Levels
Finding ways to adapt activities to your own ability to move and breathe is vital if you want to be more active with COPD. Here are 3 activities that can easily be adapted to fit your needs:
1. Outdoor Walking
Since the weather is beginning to warm up in the spring, it’s a great time to get outside and walk around. However, after being cooped up inside all winter, it can be hard to do this activity for long. For COPD patients, this means that you might have to start with short walks rather than trying to do a 5K. As an example, you could start by walking around outside for 5 minutes. If this leaves you feeling good, then you can keep going for longer. Just be sure to stop and rest if you start to get tired or out of breath.
2. Indoor Exercises
When spring becomes rainy or windy, COPD patients can also do a variety of indoor exercises to increase their fitness levels. Such exercises can also help improve your ability to breathe. An excellent example of an exercise that fits all these requirements is forward arm raises.
Even for people whose fitness level is fairly low, this exercise can be easy. Start with your arms by your sides, and then slowly raise them up so they’re pointing straight ahead. Hold this position for a few seconds before slowly lowering your arms back to your sides. You can also increase the difficulty of this exercise by using resistance bands, hand weights or even household objects like cans. Doing forward arm raises regularly can help increase the strength of your shoulders and back, which can improve your posture. In turn, better posture can take pressure off your lungs and make it easier to breathe.
3. Breathing Exercises
As part of your new spring activity list, you can try adding some daily breathing exercises. Pursed lip breathing and abdominal breathing are just 2 examples of breathing exercises that can help COPD patients. Doing such exercises every day can offer many benefits, including:
- Helping keep airways open longer
- Allowing more air to escape from your lungs
- Improving your body’s ability to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide
- Increasing your ability to do other activities
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A major component of this initiative is information about many lung-healthy food options, including seafood, as well as specific recipes that are designed to help your lungs. The AI2 also includes exercise tips, sleeping tips and hydration advice. All these natural methods are combined with the intention of helping to boost your immune system and training your body to fight inflammation using fats.
Take the next step to Breathe Easier™. Contact a Lung Health Institute patient coordinator today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.