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March 01, 2009 Copder's take a walk in the park to improve lung functions & quality of life

Posted Mar 03 2009 2:08pm

Today was a great day today for me, and I hope for you too. . . I was lucky to walk in beautiful Clement Park with a wonderful view of the Rocky mountains, but it was extra nice for me because I had companyMike McBride with COPD, subtract just 1 point % and he would qualify -according to the gold standard- as having severe obstruction. Any way, the two of us led the COPDer' s + team up the Am. Lung Association' s local stair climb recently, and next week Mike is going to Chicago to do their lung challenge and walk up FOUR buildings in a row. Now that is dedication to show what is possible. In April, he will walk theBOSTONMARATHON. He is so inspiring. He shows that if you make up your mind to do something, that you WANT to do, it is possible. By the way, we both need high flows of supplemental oxygen for exertion.His goal of 26.2 miles is amazingly high, my Half Marathon for me is sufficient , though I do toy with the idea of a full marathon perhaps at sea level, ) but I don' t want it enough...yet.COPDer' s ... we urge you to pick a goal that YOU really WANT--not necessarily so long a walk, I many folks want to do a marathon...not many! Start with 5 minutes, be reasonable, and do what is a good amount of moving at your own ability level-perhaps increasing it a minute or so each practice. Even increasing a minute per week is good, because at the end of a year... you could be doing around an hours worth of moving. A minimum to shoot for is 30 minutes 5-7 days a week. Just keep moving every day, dedicate to keep moving. A longer walk one day allows the next day to perhaps be shorter or slower.All begins with making up your own mind. Your brain controls you. The back of the T Shirt given to me today, [for my grand daughters 2008-2009 La Cueva Basketball high school team in Albuquerque] has a wonderful saying on the back of it:' RESOLVE TO SUCCEED-The greatest discovery one can make is that nothing is impossible"...anonymous. So, keep moving, you can do it, maybe slower, and it might take a fair amount of time to build your endurance, but-- you CAN IMPROVE and feel

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