It’s important for every individual with COPD to maintain an active lifestyle. By being physically active, you’re helping both your mind and body. Your COPD may restrict some of the activities you used to do, but it shouldn’t stop you from doing many other things. And keeping your body active, either by exercising or in pulmonary rehabilitation, you’re improving your lung function and state of mind. Your doctor or respiratory therapist can help find the best routine for you and give you the encouragement you need.
Try to maintain a healthy weight. Based on your doctor’s recommendation, you may need to gain or lose weight. Heavier individuals may find it easier to breathe if they lose some weight, and lighter individuals may need to gain weight so they don’t lose too much weight during an exacerbation. Talk to your doctor about what your ideal weight should be and design a reasonable weekly exercise regimen so you can work towards your goal. It also doesn’t hurt to eat healthy snacks and drink lots of water.
Avoid germs at home and during outings. Wash your hands often, and avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose. This helps prevent spreading germs into your body.
Rearrange your home. Put the objects you use the most in easy-to-reach places. You can also purchase many useful products that will help make moving around much easier for you, such as shower stools. These products and gadgets can help make some tasks much easier for you, and if basic tasks take less effort, you will be able to do more things you enjoy!
Other useful tips for healthy living include:
- Get plenty of sleep. When your body is tired, you’re more likely to get sick.
- Avoid getting fatigued by doing a little at a time. Take your time, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
- Call your doctor at the first sign of a cold. It’s good to keep your doctor informed of any changes you experience.
- Stay busy. Pick up a new hobby. It’s never too late to start something new!
- Learn all you can about COPD! Talk to other COPDers and become educated so you can take charge.
taken from copdfoundation.org