I'm diagnosed with moderate COPD with FEV1 at 62% and FVC at 63%. At the moment I manage on just Spiriva and I have a Ventolin (salbutamol) inhaler but I'm trying not to use it as I seem to get discomfort in my chest with it and want to discuss with the nurse if there is an alternative. I know I am not as advanced as a lot of people here but would appreciate any input on what exercise people do.
I have asked both the GP and the nurse at the surgery's COPD clinic about exercise, told them I'd like to keep as well as possible for as long as possible, and both of them said that walking my dog twice a day for a total of between 1.5 and 2 hours is enough. I told them that she is a stop/start, sniffing, plodding dog so no more than a stroll and it's not exactly going to get my heart rate up let alone exercise anything else, both said that's OK because I am outside and walking.
I didn't think that was enough so today I joined an exercise class locally. I didn't know what to expect but it turns out that it's run by an older lady for............. older ladies. That's fine, I come into that category . I would class it more like music and movement, gentle exercise/almost dance-like routines to music, stretching and moving all parts of the body. Nothing to really make you breathless or really get the heart pumping. I enjoyed it and will be going again.
However, I'm not really sure this is enough. What do others do?
I've been told pulmonary rehab is too far away (50 miles and I don't know if I'd qualify anyway) and the exercise class run by the nurse is, I've been told, for people who can barely get out of the chair.
Also, does anyone use a Wii for exercise? If so what game is it? I have a Wii here but it only gets used when the grandchildren visit. Just wondering if I can make use of it.