At the Lung Health Institute, we know that patients with COPD need to stay active. Performing light exercises every day may actually have several positive benefits for you if you have COPD.
Some exercise options you can use with your COPD
Exercising has been shown to have benefits for people without chronic lung disease. However, you may not know that you can benefit from some types of exercise even if you have a lung condition like COPD. The Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans the Lung Health Institute health care team have developed offer information about several types of exercise COPD patients may benefit from.
One type of exercise you may want to consider doing is some form of breathing exercise. Breathing exercises may help you to get a number of benefits. For instance, you may feel less breathless if you do breathing exercises every day. You may also notice that you feel more relaxed overall, which may allow you to breathe easier™.
Another exercise option that our AI2 plans recommend for your chronic lung condition is stretching. Tight muscles in your shoulders, back and chest may make it more difficult for you to breathe. They may also cause you to hunch over, and this hunching will further restrict the movement of your lungs. Stretching is key to helping loosen your tight muscles and avoiding lung-restricting hunching. It may also help to open your rib cage and shoulders, which may give your lungs more room to work and help you feel less breathless.
A third type of exercise that LHI’s AI2 plans endorse is walking. Walking a little bit every day will help you get your blood flowing and may help reduce your COPD symptoms, too. However, our health care team cautions you to make sure you don’t overdo it. We encourage you to listen closely to your body when you’re walking. When you begin to feel tired, you should take a break. By walking a little every day, you may be able to gradually extend your walking distance over time.
If you’re interested in learning more about how exercise may help your chronic lung condition, our LHI health care team is here to help. In fact, our AI2 plans may help you to breathe easier. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule a free initial consultation.