It’s important that you maintain an active lifestyle if you have lung disease, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Cystic Fibrosis . Physical activity helps improve your breathing and keeps you in a more positive mindset. And while lung disease may restrict the level of activity you achieve, it shouldn’t prevent you from doing many of the things you enjoy.
To help you live a healthy, active lifestyle, aim for the following goals from the COPD Foundation while on oxygen therapy:
- Maintain a healthy weight. Based on your situation, your doctor may recommend that you either lose or gain weight. If you weigh too much, breathing with lung disease becomes more difficult. If you weigh too little, you’re more likely to lose even more weight during an exacerbation. Start a doctor-approved exercise program to increase your daily physical activity.
- Drink plenty of water. This helps you stay hydrated, which is important for a healthy body and clearer airways.
- Avoid germs. Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face throughout the day. Keeping germs out of your body prevents you from becoming sick so you can stay active with oxygen therapy.
- Make basic tasks easier. By purchasing a shower chair, rearranging your home for convenience and starting oxygen therapy, you can make basic daily tasks easier. Don’t be afraid to take your time and do tasks little by little. Ask for help when you need it. The result: You'll have more energy to do things you enjoy!
- Get enough sleep. When you're well rested, you can fight illnesses better. You also have more energy throughout the day with a good night’s rest.
- Stay busy. Find a new hobby or return to one you haven’t touched in years. It’s never too late to develop a talent! Also, spend more time with your family and stay busy with the most important people in your life.
Talk to your doctor about specific ways to achieve these suggestions based on your personal situation. Then, to learn more about staying healthy with lung disease, download the free guide here.