Exercise tips for COPD and asthma patients
Exercise can seem daunting to people with breathing problems, like asthma or COPD, but it's actually beneficial to daily health. In this video, Robin Miller, M.D. outlines exercise guidelines for people with these conditions.
Make your exhalation twice as long as your inhalation. Cool down after your workout to let your breathing return to normal.
Avoid activities that strain your muscles, put pressure on your chest, or can tire you out quickly. [UPBEAT MUSIC]
Hi. I'm Dr. Miller. If you have trouble breathing because of a condition like COPD or asthma, you might think you should skip exercise.
Truth is, the right workouts can help you breathe better. Aerobics can strengthen your heart and lungs so your body uses oxygen more efficiently.
Here are some tips. First, if you've been sedentary, check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
And if you get the all clear, start slowly. Gradually build up to 20 to 30 minutes of exercise,
three to five days a week. Always warm up before working out. Let your body gently shift gears.
While you're working out, breathe out through pursed lips, especially if you're feeling short of breath. And make your exhalation twice as long as your inhalation.
Cool down after your workout to let your breathing return to normal. Avoid activities that strain your muscles, put pressure on your chest, or can tire you out quickly.
Light strength training may be OK, but avoid heavy lifting. And stop your workout if you feel short of breath,
weak, light-headed, or dizzy, or if you have chest pain, palpitations, or a fast or irregular heartbeat.
Let your doctor know if these symptoms continue. I'm Dr. Miller. For more ways to breathe easy, check out all our smart tips
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