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How can exercise help ease my COPD?

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Exercise can benefit you just as much as someone without COPD. It can improve your sleep, lower your blood pressure, and strengthen your heart, muscles, and bones. It can also ease your shortness of breath and fatigue, and help with depression.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “4 Biggest Myths About Your COPD -- and How to Cope,” “COPD: Exercise and Activity Guidelines,” “COPD: Preventing Infection & Avoiding Irritants.”

Mayo Clinic: “COPD,” “COPD: Protecting against flare-ups,” “Eating Well When You Have COPD,” “COPD.”        

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “COPD.”

International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: “Improved patient outcome with smoking cessation: When is it too late?”

COPD Foundation: “Quitting Smoking.”

American Lung Association: “Physical Activity and COPD.”

Breathe: “COPD and exercise: Does it make a difference?”

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: “Effects of Allergic Phenotype on Respiratory Symptoms and Exacerbations in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

Journal of Translational Internal Medicine: “Nutrition in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A review.”

National Jewish Health: “COPD: Nutrition.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on July 02, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “4 Biggest Myths About Your COPD -- and How to Cope,” “COPD: Exercise and Activity Guidelines,” “COPD: Preventing Infection & Avoiding Irritants.”

Mayo Clinic: “COPD,” “COPD: Protecting against flare-ups,” “Eating Well When You Have COPD,” “COPD.”        

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “COPD.”

International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: “Improved patient outcome with smoking cessation: When is it too late?”

COPD Foundation: “Quitting Smoking.”

American Lung Association: “Physical Activity and COPD.”

Breathe: “COPD and exercise: Does it make a difference?”

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: “Effects of Allergic Phenotype on Respiratory Symptoms and Exacerbations in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

Journal of Translational Internal Medicine: “Nutrition in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A review.”

National Jewish Health: “COPD: Nutrition.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on July 02, 2019

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