COPD and Exercise
COPD is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and is a combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. People with COPD find it difficult to breath. It is predicted to become third leading cause of death by 2030 and is not curable. However just because you have COPD doesn't mean you shouldn't exercise.
Both cardiovascular and weight-bearing exercises are to be encouraged for those with COPD with benefits such as
- increased cardiovascular function
- decrease in breathlessness
- increased muscular strength
- improved posture
The aim of the physical activity undertaken should be to improve the COPD sufferers quality of life. It has been shown that those with COPD who do participate in regular physical activity have a lower risk of being admitted to hospital with associated problems.
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Before starting any new exercise program please check with your doctor and clear any exercise changes with them. Moderate to severe COPD programmes should be done by a pulmonary rehabilitation team.