There can be many causes of breathing difficulties. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.
- emphysema – damage to the air sacs in the lungs
- chronic bronchitis – long-term inflammation of the airways
COPD is a common condition that mainly affects middle-aged or older adults who smoke. Many people do not realise they have it.
Symptoms of COPD
The main symptoms of COPD are:
- increasing breathlessness, particularly when you’re active
- a persistent chesty cough with phlegm – some people may dismiss this as just a “smoker’s cough”
- frequent chest infections
- persistent wheezing
Without treatment, the symptoms usually get progressively worse. There may also be periods when they get suddenly worse, known as a flare-up or exacerbation.
Exercising regularly can help improve your symptoms and quality of life.
The amount of exercise you can do will depend on your individual circumstances. Exercising until you’re a little breathless is not dangerous, but do not push yourself too far.
You may be advised to participate in a pulmonary rehabilitation programme, which will include a structured exercise plan tailored to your needs and ability.
Based on information found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd/
How can Vista Wellbeing help?
Our team of trained and experienced instructors can identify a programme of exercise suited to those with respiratory issues. We have a variety of activites and classes (indoor and outdoor) to choose from
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