Exercise Tips for People With COPD and Asthma

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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 breath better. Aerobics can strengthen your heart and lungs so your body uses oxygen more efficiently. Here's some tips.

First, if you've been sanitaried 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, 3 to 5 days a week. Always warm up before working out, to let your body gently shift gears.

While you're working out breathe out through first 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 it can tire you out quickly.

Light strength training can be okay, but avoid heavy lifting, and stop your workouts if you feel short of breath, weak, light headed, or dizzy, or if your chest pain computations are a fast or irregular heart beat. Let your doctor know if these symptoms continue. I'm Dr. Miller, for more ways to breathe easy, check out all our smart tips, right here.