As a result of the breathing concerns associated with COPD, the last thing someone living with the disease may feel like doing is exercising and taking a chance on becoming even more out of breath. However, exercise is important for all of us, including individuals with COPD, to maintain the best possible health. As a matter of fact, there are a few recent studies that outline the verified pulmonary advantages of exercising with COPD, and that outline the damaging results for inactivity – like increased hospitalizations and early death.
Providing the highest quality in home care Leawood KS has to offer, Enhanced Home Care suggests the following types of COPD exercises, as recommended by the American Lung Association (after first receiving consent from the physician):
- Stretches. Stretching is in many cases ignored when creating an exercise routine, but it’s extremely important. Research indicates that stretching exercises done in tandem with aerobic exercise lead to less episodes of shortness of breath. Stretch all of the major muscles with these exercises:
- Bend over from one side to the other; hold and then switch sides
- Raise your ankle up behind you; hold and then switch sides
- Slowly turn the head to one side and then the other
- While seated on the floor with legs outstretched, reach forward as far as you comfortably can
- Cardio exercises. The intent with cardio exercises is to elevate the heart rate, which strengthens the lungs and boosts their functionality. When beginning an exercise program from a sedentary way of life, or if experiencing more advanced effects of COPD, it’s necessary to keep the intensity level low and then, if possible, slowly work your way up. Walking, bicycling and swimming are all ideal COPD exercises to try. For those on oxygen therapy, make sure to check with the physician on the potential need to increase flow rate while doing cardio exercises.
- Strength training. Strength training assists in building and strengthening muscles, including those that are essential to breathing. Again, begin slowly after a period of inactivity and gradually increase efforts over time. For example, in place of lifting weights in the beginning, hold cans of soup or bottles of water and lift them slowly while bending the elbows. When this is comfortable, transition to weights or resistance bands to enhance the intensity of the workout. Simple squats and lunges are also very helpful for improving muscle strength.
Enhanced Home Care, the top rated providers of the professional in home care Leawood KS seniors trust, can help with COPD exercises and a wide variety of services to improve quality of life for those with COPD, including:
- Exercising with older adults to provide motivation and encouragement to continue with an exercise program
- Offering transportation to the local senior center or gym for additional exercise opportunities outside of the home
- Manage light housekeeping, meal preparation, and other tasks, freeing seniors up to focus on improving their health
- And much more!
To set up a free in-home assessment to learn more about our home care services for seniors, call us at 913-327-0000. We’ll put together a customized plan of care and then monitor that plan continually to ensure the perfect level of care is always provided – today, and as care needs change in the future. Partner with Enhanced Home Care and discover a higher quality of life and wellbeing for your senior loved one!