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A Breath of Fresh Air
For those who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), finding outdoor activities that don’t exacerbate symptoms can be a difficult endeavor. It can be difficult to find areas free of air pollutants and pollens, and the physical exertion of the activity itself can be painfully demanding. However, the fact remains that physical activity is crucial to maintaining lung function and cognitive health. With this in mind, the Lung Institute has compiled a list of 5 oxygen-friendly outdoor activities that will keep you healthy without feeling out of breath.
5. Tai Chi
Tai Chi is a low-impact, slow-motion exercise, emphasizing controlled breathing and balance. As we’ve mentioned before every day there is growing evidence that Tai Chi has value in treating or preventing health problems. Perhaps the most endearing quality of the art form is that you can start it even if you aren’t in the best shape.
Studies have shown that gardening is one of healthiest activities you can do in your own backyard. According to the CDC, 2.5 hours of gardening each week can reduce the risk for obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer and premature death. Whether you’re starting small with a few potted plants or building up your own vineyard, the practice of gardening is known to promote patience and mental stimulation through the act of caretaking.
Walking is one of the best methods of moderate exercise available. In a study conducted between 1970 and 2007, walking reduced the risk of cardiovascular events by 31% and cut the risk of dying during the study period by 32%. Regardless of your current level of health, start off slow, the American Heart Association calls for 30 minutes of regular walking five days a week, so be sure to pace yourself.
Even though the term yoga is widely known, what many fail to realize are the significant benefits it provides to the body and mind. Yoga- an exercise form that combines controlled breathing, stretching exercises, and relaxation- mixes physicality and mental endurance to form the manifestation of harmony within the body and mind. Start off with a few simple poses and work on your breathing. You’ll feel enlightened in no time.
Fishing is inherently less physically demanding, instead requiring dexterity and knowledge of fishing areas, bait, tackle, and casting techniques. Through this mental stimulation, cognitive connectivity is promoted. In terms of the physical effects of fishing, simply being outdoors and in the sun gives the body Vitamin D, benefitting both the brain and the body.
If you or a loved one suffers from COPD, or any lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.
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