Tag: exercise and COPD

Recently Dr. Harry Rossiter of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center gave a talk to the PEP Pioneers group at Little Company of Mary Hospital, about the importance of maintaining physical activity, especially for those suffering from COPD. He shared some illuminating information on just how much physical activity is needed to maintain fitness. Why is your fitness level so important? The general answer is not
Last week we discussed the benefits of exercising when living with COPD, and we talked about types of exercise you can do. This week we’ll cover guidelines on exercise duration, frequency, and best practices for maintaining a safe exercise regimen. While you want to build up conditioning and endurance, you should be careful not to over-exert yourself. Avoid pushing yourself into a breathless state, which will not only be unpleasant, it will di
We’ve written many times in this blog about the importance of exercising when you have COPD. The more you exercise, the better you’ll be able to utilize the oxygen that your lungs supply to you, which means that you’ll perform daily tasks with more ease and your overall sense of well-being will improve. Well, now we’re offering some practical tips and suggestions to help you get the best results from your exercise. It may seem counterint
By Mary Burns, RN, BS PERF Executive Vice President Hearing the suggestion, or advice, to start exercising is enough to make anyone groan with dread.  When, in addition, you have trouble breathing it may seem like an impossibility. We know how difficult exercising is for you, but everyone should exercise.  If you have respiratory disease, you must exercise. More about that later.  Let’s take first things first and get you started. Num
By the late Thomas L. Petty, MD Former PERF Board Member and prolific author of “Letters from Dr. Thomas Petty“ Dear Friends: I doubt that many who read this believe that I'm serious about the title of this month's message - but I am.  Everyone is aware that patients with emphysema are short of breath whenever they exert beyond certain individual limits. Doctors have a term for this, Dyspnea (literally bad breathing) On Exertion, abbrevia