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When a loved one has COPD or another chronic lung disease, knowing how to balance taking care of them and yourself can be difficult. This page provides helpful resources for caregivers including guides on helping your loved one quit smoking and how to take time out of your day for yourself.

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Swimming with COPD

By Do More With Oxygen

Tue, Sep 13, 2016

swimming with COPD

When you have COPD, it’s important to remain active. One way to remain active with COPD is by swimming. Swimming and water aerobics are relatively low-impact sports that allow you to exert yourself without too much intensity. However, you should know all the pros and cons of swimming with COPD. We’ve outlined here the pros and cons of swimming with COPD. Of course, ask your doctor if it’s the right exercise for you.

Pros:

  • Exercising in the pool is easy on your joints. Especially if you also have arthritis, water exercise allows you to exercise in a way that is far less strenuous on your joints than walking or running.
  • Low resistance exercises help strengthen your heart, which will help your overall wellbeing.

Cons:

  • The smell of chlorine may induce a flare-up.
  • Many swimming pools are located outdoors where pollen and additional irritants can also trigger flare-ups.

Swimming is a great way to exercise; however, it’s important to talk to your doctor about the effects of swimming on your particular case of COPD. Your physician will be able to guide you on the level of fitness you should work at in order to build up some strength.

Source:

Everyday Health, Accessed 6/30/2016

Lung Institute, Accessed 6/30/2016

 Exercise & Chronic Lung Disease: Getting Started

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