COPD is a progressive lung disease resulting in persistent airway obstruction caused by two conditions. These are Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema or both. This topic of the week will focus on understanding the causes, signs and symptoms of this condition and how exercise can play a part in managing this chronic disease.
Causes of Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema
- The main cause of COPD is cigarette SMOKING!
- Pollution at your workplace
- Poor nutrition
Signs you have Chronic Bronchitis and/or Emphysema:
- Mucus Positive cough for over a month
- Thickened & inflamed lungs
- Lungs are at increased risk to infections
- Shortness of breath
- Chronic (long term) cough
Overall Symptoms of COPD:
- Discoloration of skin (blue) due to lack of oxygen in the blood
- Swelling and rounding of fingers
- Chronic coughing
How can Exercise Help?
- Reduce breathlessness
- Increase capacity of daily activities
- Improve quality of life
- Reduce disease progression
Exercise can optimize the mechanics of your respiratory system by improving your overall physical condition and with the aid of a professional exercise physiologist or trainer you can improve your overall breathing efficiency. Exercise 3 to 5 days of the week with moderate level of intensities for 20-30min (or 5-10min bouts). Exercise such as walking, cycling and swimming will be advantageous in the aim to achieve these goals. Also include a strength training program in your exercise plan to assist with breathing muscle retraining.
What you can do?
First step is clear. QUIT SMOKING!
For a safe guided exercise program ensure you seek professional advice. Contact any of our qualified trainers if you would like further information on a personal training program to achieve your goals!