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Helping Seniors with COPD Remain Active

By Melissa Hill, 9:00 am on

Many people with COPD dread the thought of exercising—even going up the stairs can be exhausting and painful. Still, exercise can improve the symptoms of the disease as well as a senior’s overall wellbeing. Staying active with COPD isn’t just possible–it’s worth the effort!

Oklahoma senior care providers have found that many times, seniors with COPD need a bit of encouragement and the assurance that any type of activity is a step in the right direction. It’s not necessary to run a marathon or exercise to the point of pain or exhaustion. Low-impact aerobic exercises like swimming or lifting light weights can improve breathing and prevent muscles from weakening. If your senior loved one is hesitant to get moving, share the following tips with him or her.

Tips to Stay Active with COPD

  • Begin slowly but make an effort. There’s no need to overdo anything, but it is important to make small changes to your routine to add activity when you can. As you watch TV, try walking around the room during the commercials.
  • Even with COPD, your tolerance will increase as you add activity to your routine. When any activity begins to seem easy to you, try to make it a little more challenging. This might include using slightly heavier weights or parking a little further from the store than usual.
  • Be sure to listen to your body and rest when you feel sore, strained, or exhausted.
  • Give yourself goals. Make your goals realistic so you can measure your progress, like being able to climb the stairs without resting or losing 4 pounds by the end of the month.
  • Find a fun activity that keeps your body and mind healthy. Great activities for people with COPD include cooking, gardening, walks around the museum, yoga, and tai chi.

Before starting any type of exercise program, make sure you check with your loved one’s doctor as his or her heart rate and oxygen levels will likely need to be monitored.

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