Physical activity can help your body to use oxygen better, building your energy levels. This can mean that you’re able to do more without getting breathless.
Little and often
Pick activities that you like and start by doing what you can, even 5 minutes of physical activity has real health benefits. 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!
Make it part of your day
Try to find things that you can easily add into your existing routine. Even choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevators or escalators will get you moving. The key thing is not to overdo it and to rest if you feel breathless.
Find something you love
If you enjoy it, you're more likely to keep doing it. So if dancing to your favorite songs on the radio for 5 minutes lifts your spirits, then go for it! Or perhaps taking a walk in your favorite park is more your thing.
Strengthen your upper body
Doing exercises which strengthen your upper body can help strengthen your respiratory muscles. If the gym is not for you, you could try lifting cans of food instead.
Strengthen your legs
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.