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What exercises should you not do if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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Exercises to avoid when you have COPD:

Ask your doctor if exercises like weightlifting, jogging, and swimming are OK for you.

  • Heavy lifting or pushing
  • Chores such as shoveling, mowing, or raking
  • Pushups, sit-ups, or isometric exercises, which involve pushing against immovable objects
  • Outdoor exercises when the weather is very cold, hot, or humid
  • Walking up steep hills

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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