COPD: Using Exercise to Feel Better
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often makes it difficult to breathe, which in turn may limit how active you are and how much you exercise. But it is important to remain active and exercise when you have COPD. Activity and exercise can:
- Build muscle strength and endurance. This will help you be more active—you will be able to do more activities for longer amounts of time.
- Reduce shortness of breath.
Exercises for COPD can be done nearly anywhere. They are often done as part of a pulmonary rehabilitation program.
Always consult with your doctor before starting an exercise program. Heart problems, such as coronary artery disease (CAD) or high blood pressure, are common in people who have COPD and may limit exercise options. You may need medical supervision when you start your program.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: November 29, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology