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Tinster4 posted:
COPD and Exercise: Breathing and Exercise Programs for COPD If you have trouble breathing, exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing. But exercises for COPD can help your breathing, allowing you to stay as active as possible and improving your quality of life. Before beginning with a COPD exercise program, be sure to talk with your doctor or other health care provider.
How Exercises for COPD Can Help YouExercise -- especially exercise that works your lungs and heart -- has many benefits for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Exercise can:

  • Improve how well your body uses oxygen, which is important since people with COPD use more energy to breathe than other people do.
  • Decrease your symptoms and improve your breathing.
  • Strengthen your heart, lower your blood pressure, and improve your circulation.
  • Improve your energy, making it possible to stay more active.
  • Improve your sleep and make you feel more relaxed.
  • Help you maintain a healthy weight.
  • Enhance your mental and emotional outlook.
  • Reduce your social isolation, if you exercise with others.
  • Strengthen your bones.
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JACKDAN81 responded:
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IWAS NEVER INFORMED OF THE DOES AND DON'TS. WOULD APPRECIATE TO BE BROUGHT UP TO DATE. AM GOING THROUGH ANOTHER ATTACK OF COPD AT THIS TIME . DOING WHAT DOC ADVISED.
 
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buckwing responded:
I agree, with the benefits of exercise. After a nasty exacerbation in Jan.2009, I began to lose weight at an alarming rate. My Dr. wanted me to go to pulmonary rehab. I kept resisting. I couldn. 't understand how exercise would help me gain wt,but it did. I better utilize oxygen therefore not wasting calories. I even do some sort of exercise when I am ill. You can always exercise even laying down in bed. I looked like a corpse who everyone thought was dying of cancer. I can't run any marathons but I can walk on flat and do a variety of exercises or activities on a good day. Keep moving. You rest you rust! I am living proof!
 
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lungexercises responded:
Couldn't agree more with you Tinster4. I hope people read and follow the advice you provided.

For those of you who are having trouble breathing, I highly recommend watching these lung exercises videos.

http://www.youtube.com/user/lungexercise

A friend of ours was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and these videos helped her immensely with increasing her lung capacity and cope up with her breathing problems.
 
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An_187311 responded:
I was diagnosed with COPD ten years ago. It was a shock and I must admit it knocked me back quite a bit. A having to take early retirement on medical grounds I became very reclusive. I was spending most of my time watching tc on the computer. The only time I went out was to walk my dog..I was putting on weight , getting fat and lazy.
However I finally started going to the gym and have done so for the past two years. Although II do quite a lot of cardio I also include some weights. I am making some progrss but still feel frustrated as I don't seem to be making the progress I feel I should. I will be 69 years old in May (DV) so perhaps I'm expecting too much! I have put my name down to run/walk? 5k in May. At present on the treadmill I have reduced my time from 45 mins. to 35 mins. in about three months so I hope to take no longer than 45 mins.I will keep you posted if your interested. Bye for now.
Jack
 
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nsclchelp responded:
For those with COPD, lung cancer or other breathing disorders, it is important to do everything possible to help. Exercise is a big part of that. We found that these exercises (developed by a pulmonary clinical nurse specialist) help improve my mom's breathing. You can find them on youtube and search "lungexercise". Hope they help others.

Best wishes

http://www.youtube.com/user/lungexercise
 
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robinsoo responded:
Will P90X or perhaps Insanity home workout technique perfectly match a person's requirements? You will find particular variations throughout each of the exercise routine programs and in this write-up We will probably be commenting on plus checking out each one of them.

We will start out with just one of the important variables: expense. The initial expense of each work out program would be the very same, 119 $. P90X nevertheless added in costs which come along with it. A lot of these included costs will need to not necessarily be discouraging factor mainly because P90X is developed to focus on various areas of your overall body plus supply you with much more various outcomes as opposed to Insanity course.

P90X is actually a method that is developed to help strengthen equally your own cardiovascular system health plus your own power. There are half a dozen workouts per week. Three of these can be muscle workouts and also the other three will be cardiovascular system workout sessions.

The extra costs that can come in addition to P90X consists of acquiring stretch bands along with a pull-up bar. A few may possibly have dumbbells spread all-around their home thus this cost will not be problem for them.
 
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DeirdeTheFaerie responded:
Do you think yoga is a helpfull excercise for COPD? i was just diagnosed about 5 years ago,but think i've had it longer.it runs in family,and every year for the past ten years i get bronchitis,sometimes pneumonia(during pneumonia 5 years ago,the dr. actually sent me home with sample tylenol & nothing else)i was choking,coughing while breathing,it was painful,i was dizzy/weak, seeing spots,etc...so a family member insisted i return to the dr,and finally after a weekend of suffering i saw him the following monday.with family member present and forcing the issue he ran breathing tests(showing my results as "lungs aged over 80" as i was 34,ekg(also abnormal)and diagnosed with COPD with penumonia and reccomended to ER.of course i didn't go as i have two young sons to take care of with no help from their dad,or any other family(mine lives mostly overseas)Right now i'm in a flare-up,bronchitis,lherengitis(spelling?),strep,ear infection,fever,the usual bi or tri annual flare up. I have been to yoga about 8 times,since we joined Ymca(mostly for my kids!)but they wanted me to partake in classes as well.are my lungs strong enough fopr the yoga??i love it,as it relaxes mind,body,soul.unfortunately also suffer from severe panic disorder/anxiety/chronic insomnia.i have been reading about the meds i have to take for my mental well being,and many of them say not to take if you have COPD.i'm confused at this point,i must take my panic/anxiety/depression/sleeping meds as i have for over a decade to cope with many traumas,etc.,so what should i do?are they making the COPD worse?this round (yesterday at my PCP,was given shot of steroids & breathing treatment so they could hear through the heavy wheezing)and prescribed me amox tr-k clv 875-125 for the bronchitis/strep ear infection,steroids orally to open airways and yet another inhaler(i only use as last resort as they seem to make me jittery & bring the anxiety back)its like im at a catch 22.my mental well being is very important to function in everyday life,but my physical well being must also be taken care of properly to LIVE! anyone else have this problem???is it just a case of bad luck on the gene pool?what would YOU(i mean you,as in whoever is reading this) do?and in georgia,there is no One Dr. for all my medical/mental needs.i must see a psychiatrist,a PcP,an Obgyn(stilll overdue on my early mammo because my sister died before my appointment),also another issue,i tend to have cystitis,so they've been getting me to do mammogram and ultrasound on my naturally large breasts(trying not to sound graphic or gross,just medical)since i was 33,and i'm prone to cysts out of nowhere(benign).last year they were under my arms,so large,they did minor surgery to the cysts and many rounds of different antibiotics.basically nearly golf ball size lumps under one arm,and they grew & clustered up until i could not take the pain anymore.thanks for reading my long and dull physical facts that i am seeking balance in all these matters of health.COPD is deadly,my sister that died,well it was from COPD complications,1 year previous we lost our brother to the same thing.any answers would be greatly appreciated.thank you,good night,many blessings...i must get up @ 5:30 am to get a kindergartener & 3rd grader up and ready,an drive them to school.remember,moms are NEVER allowed to be sick,lol!


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