If you’ve been diagnosed with COPD or other similar pulmonary disorder, chances are good that your doctor has given you several tools to manage your illness. Perhaps you have been advised to use supplemental oxygen, or to exercise, or have been given the number for a local support group. In addition, some physical methods will also benefit you.Like with most exercises, the more often you do these, the more benefit you will receive.
Deep belly breathing
Also known as “diaphragmatic breathing,” this exercise invites you to take deep breaths into your lower abdomen. Using the muscles of your diaphragm, you can increase the amount of oxygen you get with each breath. Lie down on your back, and place your hands on your stomach area. Breath deeply, watching your hands lift gently. Then, on the exhale, gently push all the air out, using your abdominal muscles. Repeat 5-10 times.
Pursed lip breathing
One technique that may ease shortness of breath is pursed lip breathing. By controlling the flow of your exhale, you can better regulate your breath rate and perhaps calm your nerves too. Begin by closing your mouth, and inhaling slowly through your nose, for two seconds. Then, imagine that you are sucking a straw, making your mouth into an “O” shape. Exhale smoothly and evenly through your pursed lips for four seconds. Repeat 5-10 times.
Walk every day
Walking can improve your lung function and health. Your lungs supply your body with life-giving oxygen. Without healthy lungs, insufficient oxygen is transported around the body which can affect your well-being. Walking gives your lungs a workout together with the rest of the body. Using exercise to strengthen your lungs is a good idea for your long-term health. The action of walking requires the lungs to supply more oxygen to the body than they do when you’re at rest.
This increased activity makes the lungs work at their full capacity. A regular workout is as good for your lungs as it is for the rest of your body. The lungs are strengthened and less susceptible to lung disease. If you have a lung condition, always consult your doctor before you start an exercise program.
There are many ways that you can live your best life with COPD. Want more tips, or need help choosing the right oxygen for your needs? Get in touch with us today!