Four Exercises For People with COPD

by Wellness Editor – MH

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a widespread condition in the United States, affecting over 24 million people. Those living with this condition must contend with a number of chronic symptoms, including coughing, chest tightness and breathing difficulties. Despite these obstacles, COPD doesn’t necessarily prevent the body from exercising. Listed below are some activities that, with the approval of a doctor, a person with COPD could still enjoy.


Walking ‒ As far as exercise is concerned, it doesn’t get more basic than walking. A good strategy for walking routines is to start slow, then gradually add to your workload. It’s okay if your additions are small; over time, those small increases in time and distance will add up.

Riding a Stationary Bike ‒ An obvious benefit of stationary bikes is that they are used in conformable indoor environments. Many gyms offer cycling classes several times per week.

Diaphragm Exercises ‒ Exercising the diaphragm (a dome-shaped muscle separating the chest and abdominal cavities) can also be useful to those with COPD. To perform this exercise, you will have to be lying flat on your back with your knees bent. Place one hand on your chest; the other should be positioned right below the of the ribcage on the stomach area. Take a deep breath in through your nose for three seconds, and then exhale through your mouth for a six second period. When doing so, make sure to tighten your stomach muscles and keep your lips pursed.

Calf Raises ‒ The only equipment you’ll need for calf raises is a sturdy chair. When grasping this piece of furniture, stand with your legs hip-width apart. Your feet should be 6 to 12 inches behind the back of the chair. Inhale, and then exhale as you stand up on your toes. Maintain this position for a few seconds, and then lower yourself back to your starting position, inhaling as you do so. Over time, try to increase the number of calf raises you do in one set.

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