My breathing has been not so good for the last week and I've been coughing up more sputum than usual so it was time to make a decision, do I start increasing my steroids or try and clear my lungs by exercise.
I've found in the past that if I take a walk up a long steady slope and really get myself puffing I can shift all the mucus from my lungs and my breathing can improve fairly rapidly afterwards. I've been walking regular but on level ground and its just not the same so while I was visiting my Dad today I took a walk up the lane and opened the throttle until I was breathing hard, I pushed myself for 20-30 minutes, there was a lot of coughing and spluttering but also my lungs were clearing from deep down. The gunk that I was shifting was clear as usual but you know its not doing you any good inside your lungs clogging everything up and blocking the small tubes that lead to the alveoli which in turn restricts any oxygen getting through to your blood stream, leaving you more breathless than usual.
Anyway the result of this extreme exercise route is much better breathing this evening without the use of extra medication which has got to be a good thing.
It seems the Malverns have saved me once again, hills it seems are our enemy but also our best friends at the same time as they make an easy stroll into a real work out.
I wouldn't recommend this to everyone but it does work for me, it ain't easy to keep walking up that hill but then who said life was easy anyway. All I know is I'm sat in my easy chair watching I'm a celebrity and breathing much easier than I was this morning so it was worth the effort.
Keep breathing easy Healthunlockeders by which ever way works for you whether its by medication or exercise.
The picture was taken on Monday at the end of my Severn walk, these dark evenings aren't all bad are they.