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What types of exercise can you do with COPD?

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  • Stretching. It improves flexibility, prevents injury, and gets your heart pumping. Hold a stretch for 10 to 30 seconds a few times a day. You can do stretches as an exercise or use them as a warm-up and cool-down.
  • Aerobics. This doesn’t have to be a high-intensity workout. A 30-minute walk or swim a few times a week can boost the amount of oxygen in your system.
  • Resistance. Strength exercises -- with exercise bands, weights, or even working against your own muscle resistance -- build muscles and ease breathing.

From: Everyday Tips for Living With COPD WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on February 06, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 02/06/2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “COPD.”

American Lung Association: “Learn About COPD.”

National Health Service (U.K.), “Living With COPD.”

COPD Foundation: “Breathing Techniques.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases & Conditions: COPD Exercise & Activity Guidelines,” “Diseases & Conditions: Nutritional Guidelines for People with COPD.”

Beaumont Health: “7 Tips for Safer Sex with COPD.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on February 06, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “COPD.”

American Lung Association: “Learn About COPD.”

National Health Service (U.K.), “Living With COPD.”

COPD Foundation: “Breathing Techniques.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases & Conditions: COPD Exercise & Activity Guidelines,” “Diseases & Conditions: Nutritional Guidelines for People with COPD.”

Beaumont Health: “7 Tips for Safer Sex with COPD.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on February 06, 2019

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