If you’ve been diagnosed with COPD, you know how hard it can be just to breathe, especially when you try to be physically active. However, physical activity can help your body stay fit and can help strengthen your lungs. So, if you have COPD, what are you supposed to do?
COPD is a progressive disease, so it affects people in different stages. Depending on the stage of your COPD and other factors, like your age and medical history, you have options for physical activities that can help improve your lung health. One of these activities is walking.
How does walking improve lung function?
Walking is an exercise that many people enjoy because of its health benefits. This physical activity has benefits for COPD patients too, including:
- Improved strength — A regular walking routine helps to keep your muscles strong and fit, which means they require less oxygen. If your muscles require less oxygen, then your lungs don’t have to work as hard, which helps you breathe better when you have COPD.
- Improved physical health — Walking helps improve your overall physical health. It reduces your resting heart rate, which means your lungs and heart get work less hard to deliver oxygen to the rest of your body.
- Improved mental health — Exercising, especially outdoors, is good for your mental wellbeing, even if it’s only for a few minutes a day. As you keep walking, you can increase your time each week and may be surprised at how much better you may feel.
What if you can’t walk?
If your COPD is so severe that you cannot walk, or if you cannot walk for other reasons, you can still stay physically active. Talk with your primary care provider about your options. These may include:
- Aquatic therapy
- Stationary biking
- Leg extensions
- Chair dancing and more
Contact the Lung Health Institute for COPD treatment
Lung restoration treatment™ from the Lung Health Institute can help reduce inflammation and improve your ability to breathe, so you can resume the physical activities you love. This treatment works by using a small sample of your blood and concentrating its platelets and plasma. This concentrated mix of plasma and platelets are introduced back into your system with cells from your body to target lung infection and reduce inflammation.
Contact us today if you would like to learn more about lung restoration treatment™ and how we can help you Breathe Easier™.