Hi and very kind wishes to everybody. I'm new here, and glad I found you!
I was diagnosed with COPD two years ago, although looking back, I've had it for much longer.
I was about to shut down my life, but reading your posts gives me new hope!
I know that exercise is the single most important thing, and I expect it to be hard, but my question is how hard should it be?
I use an exercise bike and a treadmill, and after 10 minutes on either, I feel like death, gasping for breath and reaching for the Ventolin inhaler. I have to brace myself for the ordeal of walking upstairs, and going to the supermarket is a nightmare which I often avoid. Even short walks are extremely challenging.
As a result, I exercise a lot less than I know I should, but I'm worried that I might do more damage if I push too hard.
I had to stop pulmonary rehab because I was so bad at it!
Any advice very gratefully received.