Is It Safe To Exercise If You Have COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It can cause coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, tightness on your chest and other symptoms. Many people are under the impression that they shouldn’t workout because it’s bad for them, but this isn’t true.

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Before starting any type of exercise program, talk to your doctor. They will tell you if it’s safe to exercise and even recommend an exercise routine. Make sure you ask your doctor everything you need to know before starting, such as the amount of time you should exercise each day, the type of exercises you can do and when you should take your medicine when you’re exercising.

Benefits of Exercise

Improves circulation
Promotes better use of oxygenThinkstockPhotos-103580190
Builds energy levels
Strengthens your heart and cardiovascular system
Lowers blood pressure
Strengthens bones
Helps maintain a healthy weight
Improves sleep
Improves muscles and strength