People who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a great issue in doing routine exercises, as these exercises require a lot of lung and circulation activity. So people who suffer from these ailments have a negative thought of conducting exercise. However the fact is that, the exercises can really help them to improve the quality of their life.
These exercises can help to enhance the circulation, strengthen the heart muscles, lower blood pressure and improve energy levels. They also ascertain that you improve quality of your sleep and maintain healthy weight. They also strengthen your bones and muscles.
In this article we describe a few exercises which can be particularly helpful to the persons who suffer from COPDs. However it is highly advisable that before undertaking these exercises you consult your physician.
- Stretching exercise: These help to lengthen the muscles and increase the flexibility. This will also help to reduce the injury you get during exercise.
- Aerobic exercise: These exercises use muscles of many parts of body together. They also enhance the endurance of heart muscles. They increase the breathing capacity and enhance oxygen supply to body. Walking and cycling are such two great exercises which can be useful in this regard.
- Strengthening exercises: They involve use of muscles to a point of fatigue and thus enhance the strength of muscles.
- Breathing exercise: These exercise if done daily for about 5 to 10 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day. Lip breathing and diaphragmatic breathing can be done. It involves relaxing your body and does continuous inhaling and exhaling for a few minutes.
Before conducting exercise, it is very necessary that you do some warm up. Set realistic goals and start in small bits, like 10 minutes daily. You can then proceed to increase time. Having an exercise partner also helps to improve performance levels.
While doing exercise it is important to take rests and small breaks from time to time. Take in some nutritious food containing carbohydrates before exercise and wait for one hour or so before starting an exercise. Avoid taking hot or cold showers after exercise. If you have been away for many days start slowly then gradually proceed.
There are some exercises which are strictly prohibited for COPDs patient. These exercises include heavy lifting, pushups, sit ups, walking over steep hills etc.
Finally if you suffer any symptoms of COPD, immediately stop and meet your physician.