Exercise benefits to overcome Dyspnoea for COPD sufferers

Dyspnoea is the term used to describe a shortness of breath. The medical term is shortness of breath derived from a particular medical condition including asthma, bronchitis or pneumonia. Anyone who suffers from these conditions will be prone to severe dyspnoea and will require the need of some form of respiratory support to help them breathe with ease and more comfortably.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) causes the breath to shorten causing you to struggle with your breathing. Symptoms will be rapid up and down movement of the chest as the person will be struggling to take breath. Suggested treatment for COPD includes medication that will reduce any swelling in the airways as well as pulmonary rehabilitation. However, exercise is also a good remedy as part of your rehabilitation. Adopting some breathing techniques will enable you to breathe more comfortably, with ease and also benefit you in other ways.

Improves your circulation

Participating in some sort of aerobic exercise can aid your breathing. Aerobics is a fast paced workout which elevates your heart rate while you are exercising thus improving your circulation. Better circulation in your body will deliver more oxygen efficiently to your muscles and tissues in your body. COPD sufferers will tend to have oxygen levels below maximum capacity which can lead to oxygen deprivation and serious problems. Regular aerobic exercise under medical supervision can regulate a fast heartbeat associated with COPD.

Strengthen your muscles

Muscles can be strengthened by undertaking weight bearing exercise. This is particularly useful if you are a swimmer or walker. Working out with hand weights is great for strengthening muscles throughout your body. Not only do you strengthen your muscles but you also strengthen your heart, your lungs and your diaphragm and help them become stronger day by day. If these organs are not functioning properly then this form of workout is extremely important.  By remaining strong and active you will be more independent for longer periods of time. However, remaining inactive your muscles will weaken putting you at risk of accident and injury.

Management of weight

If you are overweight this can lead to severe problems with your breathing particularly if you suffer from COPD or chronic lung disease. Excess fat tends to appear mid body as people put on weight. Carrying this extra weight around causes problems for the diaphragm as more pressure is exerted on the diaphragm, which is the muscle that controls your breathing.  Regular exercise can help you shed the excess weight, which in turn will lead to breathing more comfortably and with ease.

Will I see a reduction in my symptoms

Anyone with a lung disorder such as asthma or COPD will know how difficult it is to breathe properly. It is imperative that you exercise as much as your condition allows, to see a significant reduction in the symptoms of your lung disorder. Exercise will improve your blood pressure, regulate your sugar levels and overcome the shortness of breath you experience.

Regular exercise is also a morale booster and confidence lifter if you suffer from COPD or a breathing difficulty due to being overweight.  Regular exercise will make you feel better within yourself and lift your mood and help you focus on positive emotions rather than negative ones such as depression, stress and anxiety. Exercising is an effective COPD treatment and is also effective for the treatment of Dyspnoea as well as any other medically related breathing condition.