Chest tightness, wheezing, coughing.
COPD can take your breath away and make you feel vulnerable and scared. But what if I told you that you can take back some of the control COPD has taken away?
For those with COPD, having a good quality of life heavily depends on living a healthy lifestyle. Diet and exercise play a pivotal role in the well-being of a COPD sufferer. Exercise, however, may sound like a far-fetched dream for someone with a pulmonary disease, but with the guidance of your health care provider and a balanced diet, exercise can become part of your life. What exercise should you consider implementing in your sessions?
First, remember to WARM UP! Have a positive mentality, embrace the upcoming workout and stretch those muscles to increase flexibility, prepare your body for the upcoming activity, and reduce stress on your heart and muscles.
Transition slowly to your workout of choice (e.g. walking, jogging, bicycling, water aerobics, etc.) and gradually increase the intensity as you see fit. Over time, you will be able to increase the duration of the workout and see the benefits of lower blood pressure, heart rate, and better breathing! Finally, cool-down. Decrease the intensity of your workout, and stretch a bit more!
Cleveland Clinic recommends 20 to 30-minute exercise sessions at least three times a week. Everybody’s capability and physical condition will determine how much time each session will last, but with persistence and a good spirit, you WILL reach your goal. Pair your exercise with a healthy diet. Read more about which foods to put on your shopping list on our BEST FOODS FOR COPD SUFFERERS blog.
Remember to talk to your physician about which exercises might be appropriate for you and… HAVE FUN! Exercising should fill your soul with glee and give you back control of your life.
Florida Pulmonary Research Institute is seeking participants for studies to improve treatments for those with COPD. Qualified participants are seen at no cost by board-certified physicians and may receive access to new treatment options. Compensation is also available for those who participate. To learn more, click HERE.