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How can exercise help with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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It can be hard to move when you can’t catch your breath, but regular exercise can boost your endurance and strengthen the muscles that help you breathe. Ask your doctor which exercises are right for you.

From: 11 Breathing Tips for People With COPD WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on February 06, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 02/06/2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Breathing Better with a COPD Diagnosis."

Respiratory Health Association: "Managing COPD."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:  "Now That You Know It's COPD, Here's How To Breathe Better."

Mayo Clinic: "COPD: Self-management."

National Sleep Foundation: "COPD and Difficulty Breathing."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on February 06, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Breathing Better with a COPD Diagnosis."

Respiratory Health Association: "Managing COPD."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:  "Now That You Know It's COPD, Here's How To Breathe Better."

Mayo Clinic: "COPD: Self-management."

National Sleep Foundation: "COPD and Difficulty Breathing."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on February 06, 2019

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