It’s a good idea to talk to your health care team before you start, so you can figure out what the right level of activity is for you. And then it’s all about finding something that you enjoy and can fit into your day.
Pick activities that you like and start by doing what you can, at least 10 minutes at a time. Every bit adds up, and the health benefits increase as you spend more time being active. If one activity, like swimming, doesn’t appeal to you, find something that does. The point is to get out there and move!
Try to find things that you can easily add into your existing routine. Even getting off the bus one stop early or parking the car further from the store will get you moving. The key thing is not to overdo it and to rest if you feel breathless.
If you enjoy it, you're more likely to keep doing it. So if dancing to your favorite songs on the radio for 10 minutes lifts your spirits, then go for it! Or perhaps taking a walk in your favorite park is more your thing.
Doing exercises which strengthen your upper body can help strengthen your respiratory muscles. If the gym’s not for you, you could try lifting cans of food instead.
This has been shown to improve overall shortness of breath and physical stamina.
Whatever activity you’re doing, remember to breathe slowly and in through your nose to warm the air before it goes to your lungs, and out slowly through pursed lips.
COPD: SYMBICORT 160/4.5 mcg is used long-term to improve symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, for better breathing and fewer flare-ups.
Asthma: SYMBICORT is for the treatment of asthma in patients 6 years and older whose asthma is not well-controlled with an asthma-control medicine such as an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) or whose asthma warrants treatment with both an ICS and a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA).
SYMBICORT is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems and will not replace a rescue inhaler.Please see full Prescribing Information and Patient Information, and discuss with your doctor.
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