One of the challenges that you face living with COPD is getting enough oxygen into your body. COPD causes inflammation and irreversible damage to your lungs that cause air to get trapped, which prevents fresh air from getting in. This makes it difficult to breathe, especially exhaling.
For this reason, people with COPD look for as many solutions as possible to help improve lung function. One method that can help is running.
How does running improve lung function?
Running will not cure COPD, as COPD is an incurable disease, but it will help keep your healthy lung tissue strong. Running helps your lungs in two ways:
- It improves muscular strength — Strong and healthy muscles require less oxygen to operate. This helps reduce stress off your lungs, which are responsible for introducing oxygen into your bloodstream.
- It improves your physical and mental health — Exercise improves your overall health, which reduces the number of healing resources your body needs to divert to other places in your body that could be used in your lungs instead.
What if you can’t run?
Many COPD patients have too much shortness of breath to run or may be unable to run for other reasons. If you can’t run, you can still participate in some form of physical activity to help strengthen your body and lungs.
Talk with your physician about exercises you can do to help improve lung functions. The answer will depend on the severity of your COPD, your age, medical history and other related personal factors. Some physical activities you may be able to enjoy instead of running include:
- Aquatic therapy
- Breathing exercises
- Stretches and more
Contact the Lung Health Institute for COPD treatment
If you’re suffering from shortness of breath caused by COPD or another chronic lung disease, you should contact the Lung Health Institute to speak with a patient coordinator about your treatment options.
You may be a good candidate for our lung restoration treatment™. This treatment is a form of cellular therapy that uses platelets from your blood and cells from your body to target infection in the lungs. This treatment has been effective in improving the breathing abilities of more than 85 percent of our patients. Would you like to be the next one? Contact us today.