Being active is extremely good for our health and wellbeing, and is promoted by the British Lung Foundation. Much of the information below can also be found on their website.
For many people living with COPD, physical activity is something they dread or even fear. COPD can make ordinary tasks like cleaning the house, going shopping or climbing the stairs exhausting. But, staying active is key to slowing the progress of the condition and your symptoms.
Being physically active can help improve your breathing and reduce your other symptoms of COPD, increase your fitness, and improve your wellbeing and quality of life. Many people find being active helps them more than inhaled drugs. By increasing your fitness and strengthening your muscles, you’ll be able to do more activities without getting breathless or tired.
Physical activity helps you take back control, be more independent and can help you live well for longer. You may feel nervous about increasing your activity levels, especially if you have been inactive for a while, but this is normal. Some activity is better than none at all and feeling more in control of being short of breath can improve your mood and boost your sense of wellbeing.
Staying physically active can take a variety of forms from small, everyday changes, such as walking an extra bus stop or taking the stairs instead of the lift, to the structured exercise in pulmonary rehabilitation programmes. In other words, physical activity is multidimensional, we just need to find out what activities work for us as individuals.