As a writer, I find it important to share what I learn with others so that they also may gain knowledge needed to have more secure footing when they battle their own illness or chronic disease.
Taking my responsibility for learning as much as I can about my COPD/Asthma is something I choose to do so to make myself more aware of what is happening now, what may happen at any moment and what may lay ahead as I travel my path of life with the companionship of COPD/Asthma.
With all that, ‘Reflections of COPD/Asthma’ will cover a variety of topics to help remind people, both those affected by the disease and those family and friends that surround them, of the ideas, research, diagnoses, game-plans and all that goes with keeping the battles at a distance.
Today we discuss or refresh your knowledge of part four of a five-part series on the ‘5 Myths of COPD/Asthma that can make you sicker’ if you let them.
COPD Myth #4: “People with COPD can’t exercise.”
When a person has problems with their breathing the last thing they seem to think about doing is exercising.
Many people with COPD seem to be afraid of exercising over the fear that it may be unsafe and will make it even more difficult to breathe. The fact about that attitude is that it is wrong for the simple reason that exercising keeps your lungs and body energized while also helping build and/or keep up your stamina.
They say that even a little routine of exercise, one that gets your heart a pumping and your breathing labored without setting off another wheezing or exacerbation attack.
Many will also say that exercise will help decrease a person’s chances of catching infections and illnesses. And as we all know that any time somebody with COPD/Asthma gets an infection or illness, the risk rises of ending up in the hospital.
Exercise does not drain a person’s energy, but instead should increase the energy a person will have and help keep the person from hitting as many spots in the day where they feel drained.
One thing a person with COPD/Asthma should do is consult with their physician, pulmonologist and/or a pulmonary rehabilitation tech about the appropriate exercises and breathing techniques that will enable a person to maintain exercising at a level that will be successful in helping lessen those times of being short of breath.
QUESTIONS OF REFLECTION – – For those fighting the battle with COPD/Asthma – what exercise routine or program seems to work best for you so that you get the workout without causing a problem with your breathing? Is your exercise routine one that was recommended and setup by your medical care folks or is it a routine that you put together?
If you would like to reflect your response to others, please leave them under the comment section of wheezingaway.com. Thanx.
As always, CrossDove Writer reminds you that if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.
ALWAYS REMEMBER > a person without breathing is a person without life itself.
NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.
With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.
(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer)
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(Information gathered from various news/health websites, COPD Foundation’s “Big Fat Reference Guide on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” and the book “Live Your Life with COPD”)
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