When you’re already struggling to breathe, the thought of exercise may be daunting. But regular exercise can help you build muscle strength and stamina, and can help reduce your symptoms. Even light exercise can help you feel better, look better–and breathe better.
Different types of exercise can help people with breathing problems in different ways.
This is a steady exercise that strengthens not only your muscles, but also strengthens your heart and lungs, by helping your body use oxygen more efficiently.
Strengthening or resistance exercises
These exercises use repeated movements to build muscle. Resistance exercises for your upper body can make your breathing muscles stronger. Exercises to strengthen your legs have been shown to improve your ability to move around.
Stretching and flexibility exercises
These include slow lengthening of the muscles. Stretching can help prepare the muscles for activity and reduce chances of injury or strain. It can also improve your flexibility. Examples include yoga and Pilates.
Choose an activity that's fun and you enjoy. You are more likely to stick with it if you do.
Remember to use caution and talk to your doctor before starting any kind of exercise.