Hello, all. It’s Russell Winwood here, and today, I want to talk about how important exercise is for COPD patients. As a person who lives with COPD myself, I know that getting the exercise you need may not seem easy. However, there are certain types of daily exercises you can do even if you have COPD.
Two types of exercise you can easily do with COPD
Ever since my COPD diagnosis, I’ve tried to exercise as much as I possibly could. Admittedly, I couldn’t exercise much at first, but I continued to work at it. Now, I typically run several marathons every year. While I’m not saying you necessarily need to start training for a marathon, I do know that getting the exercise you need doesn’t have to be hard, even if you’re a person dealing with COPD.
For one thing, it’s fairly easy to get in some light cardio every day just by walking around. To start with, you don’t have to push yourself hard either. You can walk around your home for a few minutes two or three times a day. Once that becomes easier for you, you may graduate to walking for short distances outside, or you could take a short walk on a treadmill if you have access to one. Any of these easy-to-do options may help you gradually improve your cardiovascular fitness, which may also help you manage your COPD symptoms better.
In addition to cardio, a little weight training is something you may want to consider. You may not feel up to pumping iron in your local gym, and to be honest, you don’t really need to in order to benefit from this type of exercise. What you should consider doing is a few easy bodyweight exercises to go along with your daily cardio. For instance, you could practice lifting yourself out of a chair with your arms and legs. Just make sure that you keep your motions slow and controlled.
Over time, you’ll find that cardio and bodyweight exercises like this may become easier, and then you may be able to move on to slightly harder exercises. You may also want to consider doing a supervised workout routine in a heated pool. In fact, many physical therapy practices offer this sort of workout now. By doing easy exercises such as this, you may be able to help improve your quality of life when living with COPD.
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