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How can exercises help you deal with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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Exercise has many benefits for people with COPD:

  • Improve how well your body uses oxygen.
  • Ease your symptoms and improve your breathing
  • Strengthen your heart, lower your blood pressure, and improve your circulation
  • Give you more energy, making it possible to stay more active
  • Help your sleep and make you feel more relaxed
  • Help you stay a healthy weight
  • Enhance your mental and emotional outlook
  • Reduce your social isolation, if you exercise with others
  • Strengthen your bones

SOURCES: 

American Association for Respiratory Care: "Exercising Safely with COPD." 

Cleveland Clinic: "COPD Exercise and Activity Guidelines," "Diaphragmatic Breathing," "COPD Exercise Precautions." 

University of Michigan Health System: "Breathing Exercises."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 31, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Association for Respiratory Care: "Exercising Safely with COPD." 

Cleveland Clinic: "COPD Exercise and Activity Guidelines," "Diaphragmatic Breathing," "COPD Exercise Precautions." 

University of Michigan Health System: "Breathing Exercises."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 31, 2019

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