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Babsthegreat posted:
I have COPD along with high blood pressure. I have them both under control, but, how do these conditions affect my ability to exercise on my own. Does anyone else have this problem? I can't afford a gym or personal trainer. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP responded:
HI and thanks so much for your posting. Many people have your medical conditions and navigate around them to maintain some level of activity. Here are some tips:

1) Walk at your own pace. Don't get breathless. Slow it down. Do it in spurts if that works for you. But get up and weight bear by walking. It's the easiest and healthiest way to get your cardio.
2) A stationary bike, treadmill or elliptical can also provide cardio opportunities.
3) Use light hand weights or elastic tubing. They all come with a simple instruction manual or DVD to guide you. Log onto our WebMD exercise archives for more.
4) Swimming is terrific. It's cheap at most county swim centers. You can take it at your own pace.
5) Restorative Yoga is wonderful. You can buy DVD's to play at home. It's gentle and effective. Take it at your own pace.

Good luck and let us know how you're doing.

Dr. Peeke

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