Exercising With Lung Disease

Why do I need to exercise?

When you have a pulmonary diagnosis, such as COPD or emphysema, it is important to exercise so that your body can be as strong as possible.

Exercise helps:

  • Improve muscle strength
  • Improve circulation
  • Increase energy
  • Decrease shortness of breath
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower “bad”cholesterol
  • Decrease stress
  • Control weight

Is exercise “safe” when I have lung problems?

Yes! Research shows that exercise is safe and effective for patients with many different types of lung issues. In fact, exercise needs to be a lifelong commitment for all those with lung problems. Coming to pulmonary rehab will help you learn to exercise safely, properly, and to form healthy habits.

How can I become more active?

Every day activities are an easy way to keep active; doing laundry, walking to get the mail, using the stairs, or vacuuming are all simple ways to increase your activity levels.

Are there any times I should refrain from exercising?

If you feel increased shortness of breath, exhausted, ill, light headed, or have gone through medication changes, it may be wise to contact your healthcare provider for a new appointment.

What types of exercises are the best for me to do?

  • Aerobic Exercises
    • Increases your endurance by strengthening your muscles, heart, and lungs. Using machines like the treadmill, bicycle, and arm bicycle, will help increase your stamina.
  • Strengthening Exercises
    • Builds muscle mass and bone health. When you are stronger, your muscles become efficient and need less oxygen to function.
  • Flexibility and Stretching Exercises
    • decrease muscle soreness, and also assist with your overall posture and range of motion.

Just remember to be active and have fun! Try to do something active each day but make sure to stop and rest when needed. It is important to check with your healthcare provider before engaging in any new activities. Let the pulmonary rehab experts at Lifeline show you the difference that exercise can make! Call us at 412-646-4141 to schedule an appointment today.

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