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9 Exercises for People With COPD

Let's Get Moving!

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term used to encompass several lung conditions that make it difficult to breathe, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. You may think that because you have COPD, you shouldn't exert yourself. But exercise has many payoffs, such as helping your body use oxygen better. Your doctor or pulmonary rehab team can help you design a workout plan and set goals, such as starting with a few minutes of exercise per day and working up to 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week. Once you get the green light, try these aerobic, strength, and flexibility exercises that are safe for people with COPD.


Medically Reviewed By: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS

Last Annual Review Date: Dec. 15, 2013

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