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How can I stay active with stage III chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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Always check with your doctor to see what's safe for you. If you use oxygen, you'll need it when you exercise, too.

You might think you're too sick or too out of breath to do anything, but you can start slowly and build up. There's no need to push yourself. You just want a moderate workout.

You can push through feeling tired or shaky, but you want to stop or avoid exercising if you have:

  • Chest pain
  • Fever or strep throat
  • Leg pain and you're not sure why
  • Stomach upset

From: Stage III (Severe Stage) COPD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: "What You Can Do About a Lung Disease Called COPD."

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: "Stages of COPD and Spirometric Classifications."

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "COPD."

Medscape: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Signs of Respiratory Distress."

American Thoracic Society: "COPD Today," "Exacerbation of COPD."

YourLungHealth.org: "Stages of COPD."

Cleveland Clinic: "Nutritional Guidelines for People with COPD."

COPD Foundation: "Exercise for Someone with COPD."

American Lung Association: "Supplemental Oxygen."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 19, 2018

SOURCES:

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: "What You Can Do About a Lung Disease Called COPD."

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: "Stages of COPD and Spirometric Classifications."

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "COPD."

Medscape: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Signs of Respiratory Distress."

American Thoracic Society: "COPD Today," "Exacerbation of COPD."

YourLungHealth.org: "Stages of COPD."

Cleveland Clinic: "Nutritional Guidelines for People with COPD."

COPD Foundation: "Exercise for Someone with COPD."

American Lung Association: "Supplemental Oxygen."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 19, 2018

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