Exercising and COPD - any recommendations? Physical Therapy?
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Hello all, I am 52 years old and have been recently diagnosed with COPD, mild stage.
The doctor recommended that I begin an exercise program of about 20 - 30 minutes 3-5 days a week of moderate cardiovascular exercise.
He scheduled me for a PT appointment to go over this and begin a program.
I am curious to what exercise regimens you all do here?
I would like to know the same.
I am intersted in the same in hearing from others. Currently I am walking 2 miles every morning. I started with walking .5 mile and have gradually built it up. I can tell that over the course of these last two months, I have been able to breathe a little bit easier. I have also tried to do a little strength training about 3 times a week - very mild.
The doctor says the more exercise and better shape I am in the better the organs can use the oxygen.
I walk and bicycle. I walk every morning for about 30 minutes around the block and also do bicycling on the stationary, when I can. There is no set time for the bicycle, but I try to do it at least 3 times a week.
I believe pulmonary rehab saved my life. When I started I could barely walk 3 minutes. I'm doing 1 hour of exercise 3 to 4 times a week now. Feeling so much stronger.
Exercise helped more than any medicine ever did. But I needed the help I was given in rehab to figure out how to work up to where I am now, and to manage set backs.
How long did it take you to get to 3 to 4 days ? Can you tell if 6ou can breathe easier?
I started Pulmonary Rehab a few weeks ago and I can already feel a difference. I recommend it to anyone. I go twice a week and am still on Level 1 of most machines, but it took me a long time to get this bad, so I figure it's going to take me awhile to feel better.
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