Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term used to encompass several lung conditions that make it difficult to breathe, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. You may think that because you have COPD, you shouldn't exert yourself. But exercise has many payoffs, such as helping your body use oxygen better. Your doctor or pulmonary rehab team can help you design a workout plan and set goals, such as starting with a few minutes of exercise per day and working up to 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week. Once you get the green light, try these aerobic, strength, and flexibility exercises that are safe for people with COPD.
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Sitting in a chair, hold a rolled towel or elastic band on your lap with
both hands. Relax your shoulders and keep your back straight. Inhale.
Exhaling through pursed lips, lift both arms to shoulder level. At the
end of your exhale, inhale and return to starting position. As you
continue to practice this exercise, try lifting your arms higher and
higher until they're able to go straight overhead.
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Sit in a chair. Inhale. As you exhale, lift both arms toward the
ceiling. Wave your arms right and left until you're done exhaling. Be
careful not to twist your body as you do this. Inhale and return to
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If you use a treadmill, be sure you learn how to use it correctly first.
Whether you walk indoors or outdoors, choose a place with a flat
surface. Start walking at a pace that's comfortable for you, and
remember to breathe while you walk. As your endurance improves, your
doctor may recommend increasing your speed or adding an incline.
Stand or sit holding a light weight in each hand. Keeping your arms
straight and at your sides with your palms facing forward, inhale. As
you exhale, slowly bend your elbows and lift the weights to shoulder
level. Inhale while you lower to your starting position. Ask your doctor
or pulmonary rehab team how many reps you should perform.
Stand up straight and hold on to the back of a chair with one hand.
Inhale. As you exhale, lift one foot to the side. Lift it only a few
inches off the ground, and keep your toes pointing forward. Inhale and
lower it back to your side. Repeat several times, then do the exercise
on the opposite side.