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How to Get Started with an Exercise Plan for COPD

By Do More With Oxygen

Tue, Jan 2, 2018

How to Get Started with an Exercise Plan for COPD

Starting an exercise regimen can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some steps to get you started.

Check Your Health

It’s always important to consult your doctor before starting an exercise routine. This is a great first step because your doctor can help you to create an exercise plan tailored to your particular needs, with exercises to focus on and ones to avoid. Your doctor can also help you to set fitness or health goals, which will allow you to gauge your success along the way.

Write Down Your Plan

It’s easy to say that you’ll exercise every day, but taking pen to paper and writing down a specific plan of what you will do each day can encourage you to stay on track. With your goals in hand, you can begin to create a plan that includes attainable steps. Choose activities that you enjoy, as this will make it easier to stick with it. Start cautiously, progress slowly and be sure to allow time between your fitness sessions for your body to rest and recover.

Make it a Habit

It is important to schedule time to exercise as you would any other appointment.  Making exercise a consistent part of your daily routine will make it easier to maintain. Plan to read while riding a stationary bike or take a break to go on a walk at work. Finding the time to exercise can be a big barrier to success, so 10-minute sessions three times a day versus a single 30-minute session might be more conducive to your schedule.

Stay Positive

Starting an exercise program is an important way to focus on your health. Even if you don’t always meet your weekly goals, this is a great start towards building a healthy habit that lasts a lifetime.

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Accessed: 12/4/17

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