Are you concerned about increasing your physical activity or exercising?

Here are some common stumbling blocks that people with breathing difficulties may face when it comes to exercise, and some ideas to help you overcome them:

I don’t know the first thing about being active.”

Physical activity simply means movement of the body that uses energy. This includes going out for a walk, doing day-to-day chores that you may be able to do like laundry or grocery shopping, or riding a stationary bike. Once you find something you like and that you can do, 5 minutes is all it takes to start.

I don’t have the energy to be active.”

Certain daily activities like walking, gardening, or climbing stairs count towards physical activity. Start with what you can do—even if it’s only for 5 minutes. As you get more active, you may start to find your energy level and feelings of well-being increase!


Trying out a variety of different activities can help make physical activity more enjoyable. Physical activity can give you a chance to have fun, spend time with friends and family, and improve fitness.

Remember to use caution and talk to your doctor before starting any kind of exercise.