Exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle, but COPD patients often feel it is not safe or even possible for them. They are concerned about dyspnea, or shortness of breath, and they fear they might make their disease worse. However, there are exercise options and programs for people with COPD, and your doctor can help come up with the right exercise plan to best fit your needs.
In COPD patients, moderate exercise can help improve energy levels, muscle strength and the ability to maintain and enjoy their lifestyles. For a strong finish to November, the National COPD Awareness Month, learn about exercising with COPD and talk to your doctor about starting an exercise program.