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martin1945
martin1945
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When do people feel is the best time to exercise each day? My Specialist says that the afternoon is best as your lung efficiency increases by up to 20% compared to the morning. I feel this is probably true as I can exercise more comfortably (still puff though) in the pm. How about you?

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I can only exercise on an empty stomach, so early lunch and late afternoon exercise for me! Aren't you supposed to puff when execising? I was told if I didn't I wasn't doing it right.

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martin1945

Hi Always. Ah! Ha! but it is the degree of Puffing. On the Borg 10 scale its about 6-7. Keep well. Martin

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What an odd thing for your specialist to say. The best time from the point of view of your lungs will mostly depend on when you get up and when you take your meds. My 'best time' is roughly between 10am and whatever time I eat lunch. After lunch I am useless for an hour or so and then get another hour or two when I am ok. As I generally get up some time between six and seven, I guess for me it is roughly around 3 - 4 hours after taking my Symbicort and Spiriva - by then they have 'kicked in' fully. I have also recovered from those awful early morning symptoms and my joints are feeling pretty mobile by then. In the morning I do stretches followed by indoor aerobic walking - the most intense part of the day - and in the afternoons I have a slower walk to the supermarket and back - roughly a mile. If it rains I stay indoors and do a few short sessions of 2 or 3 minutes on the exercise bike (get saddle sore if I do more :(

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There is some evidence that copd patients are better in the afternoon as many patients spend much of the morning clearing their chest and pulling themselves together.

I would recommend you exercise when you have the motivation and the time. Do something you enjoy!

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Lupie

I can only do mornings also. If I don't exercise before lunch, I've got no chance after eating anything as I'm too SOB after eating for the rest of the day. I have to do everything in the morning.

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Lynne1955

Mornings for me. I am up by 7 or earlier, have breakfast and am ready to exercise for about 9. By afternoon, I can't be bothered unless its working at the allotment.

I'm lucky as I don't have to clear my lungs.

Lynne xx

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george68

yes mornings for me.After lunch,I fall asleep for an hour while the wife watches Doctors on tv !

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Not a morning person....up at 6am,,coffee,, 0630 coffee and watch news,,0700 take partner coffee and laptop in bed,,have another myself,,0800 make breakfast,,0900 do dishes 0930 do laundry,,1000,tea break,,,, 1030 make bed,,hoover dust polish put rubbish out,, during all this feed the pussy cat and clean its litter tray,,1230 lunch,,1315 wash up lunch dishes,,1400 to 1530 do shopping,,we shop dailly,,have coffee,,1600 prep dinner,,partner home 1700 chat about the days events,,1830 partner cooks dinner,,2000 wash dinner dishes sit and read book or browse blf web site 2200 bed,,WHERE DO YOU GET TIME FOR EXERCISE,,.....

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kimmy59

I do mornings because thats when I did it at PR, the nurse told me 1/2 hour aerobic exercise each day 5 days a week so I do 5 minutes on each one. Then I have my breakfast and get on with other chores.

Kim xxxx

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Kelda
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Hi Kim, i am 45. And was diagnosed with COPD about three years ago. I was. Just wondering what exercises you do, as I'm not sure what I can do. I have been pretty unwell since Xmas and am badly out of condition, but know I need to exercise. I also had a chest infection 2 weeks ago and although the antibiotics have mainly cleared it up, I am still coughing up more than usual. I have emphysema so that's par for the course I suppose. I'm also on long term oxygen therapy. The truth is any exercise makes me breathless, but I have to try. Do you know how I can get back into shape, gradually? Any advice would be really appreciated. Thanks x

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hamletvv

There seems to be a two hour time slot between 2000 and 2200.....

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That is when i wake up from my day dream ho hum ho hehehe

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hamletvv

You're hopeless!! Good luck.

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Muckster

Hi Martin,

I always go for the evening slot - i have had my meals for the day, so its a blast on the Inhalers and off i go - find it helps with the weight gain, and if i have a good session i sleep like a brick

Take Care

Mucks

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