October 04, 2008 COPD: Using exercise to feel better
Posted Oct 07 2008 6:16pm
After exercising I feel so much better, even 5 years ago I felt better...maybe a bit exhausted, but a good tired feeling. Check out some of these sites and start your own gradual increase in moving from where you are right now. Do a little more each day. Try it, you will be rewarded proportionately to how much you try...firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk with stroller mid-day slightly over cast and nice at 77* reading some of the sites I listed this morning inspired me to go an extra mile. 4.2 miles= 1:08:01felt good especially since the first harder part was up grade, and last half downhill making it nice and easy.
Exercise, at most any level, improves the oxygen utilization, work capacity, and state of mind of COPD patients. Low-impact activities place minimum stress ...
If you are a COPD patient, you already know you expend extra energy just to breathe. If you can use your energy more efficiently for breathing, you will have more energy left for performing routine activities of daily life-or participating in new activities.Actively practicing some form ofexercise, along with proper nutrition, cansignificantlyimprove your quality of life.http://www.aarc.org/patient_education/tips/exercise.html
Lack ofexercisecontributes to disability inCOPD.Exercise...The shortness of breath experienced by COPD patients at rest and/or during activities of daily living can lead to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, a progressive deterioration in functional capacity, and possible isolation at home.
With progressive inactivity, cardiovascular function and skeletal muscle mass decline. The deterioration in aerobic fitness and strengthcreates a vicious cycle that leads to greater breathlessnesswith exertion, muscular fatigue, an eventual loss of functional independence, and depression.