Ah, fall! The leaves are changing from their normal green to bright, vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. The temperature is starting to drop from the heat of summer, but winter’s chill isn’t quite here yet. For many people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), this is a beloved time of year. However, some of you might be worried that your chronic lung condition will keep you from having fun this autumn. Fortunately, there are 4 fall activities you can try that can help you enjoy this season with COPD.
1. Take a Short Walk
Walking is a type of exercise that many COPD patients can do, but you might be worried about walking outside because of high pollen and mold spore levels in the air. One way you can counteract these airborne lung irritants is to wear a face mask when you go on walks. This way, your lungs are protected from irritants, and you can still walk around and admire the colors and pleasant temperature of fall.
2. Color a Fall Picture
Coloring is a pleasant activity that is great for people of all ages, and it can be an ideal activity for COPD patients to try in the fall. For one thing, it will allow you to use your creativity to draw a favorite autumn scene and bring it to life with bright colors. If you aren’t up to drawing the scene yourself, there are many ready-to-color pictures online, and you can print some of them off and enjoy coloring them in with your favorite seasonal colors. You can even turn this activity into a chance to involve the younger members of your family.
3. Make Some Fall Decorations
Even if you aren’t able to get out of the house, you can still bring the season inside by making autumn decorations. For example, you could spend time making fall-themed wreaths to hang up around your home. You can also use stencils or your own drawing skills to create fall scenes and shapes on construction paper, and these scenes and shapes can then be cut out and hung up to brighten up your home.
4. Take a Drive
Another way to enjoy the fall season is to take a drive. You can go on your own or with friends and family, but this will allow you to visit places with bright fall trees and other scenes without stressing your lungs. You can also take pictures of the places you visit on your drive, and then you can print off these pictures and use them as decorations around the house.
Lung Health Institute Wants to Help COPD Patients Enjoy the Fall Season
At Lung Health Institute, our health care team offers COPD treatment options that can help you get more enjoyment out of fall. We offer our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™ that provides dietary, exercise and other tips designed to improve lung health. We also provide a treatment option called cellular therapy, and this minimally invasive treatment is designed to use your own cells to improve your ability to breathe.
Take the next step to Breathe Easier™. Contact a Lung Health Institute patient coordinator today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.