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.
consult with your doctor before starting an exercise program. Heart problems,
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
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