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Looking for at home exercise program


Hello, I am new here, 64 years old, a smoker ( down to 10 a day) and was diagnosed with COPD about 3 years ago. I have been fortunate to not have any flares until recently. I am interested in some form of exercise program that I can do at home to improve my breathing. I especially have trouble with bending. Thanks in advance for any info you can share.

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get a DVD on Tai Chi

JMWW in reply to joeoconnell


Jonny boy here oramorph is helping with breathing best form of exercise at home for Jmww pack up smoking during waking hours xx

JMWW in reply to 210148

Working on quitting, thanks

you need to quit smoking or nothing will help

JMWW in reply to lsherald53


I bought a cardio stationary bike it the one you can sit and ride or you can stand and ride as u r riding in either position it keeps you posted on your readings it's great

JMWW in reply to Starry1956

That sounds like a good idea, thanks

Starry1956 in reply to JMWW

Just start out slow maybe about 10 min at at a time a couple time a day mine is in front of tv help to make it easier it works and I walk I'm on oxygen 24 / 7 but I don't let it hold me back and on top of my meds I take AIRBOURNE doctor says tats great it builds up you immune system I love it and it makes me feel better you have a great day

JMWW in reply to Starry1956

Thanks again.

JMWW in reply to JMWW

I was looking into Airbourne and found quite a few different types. What type do you take?

I do an hour every day, 3 x 20 minute stints& play word games on my I pad

I used chantix to quit..works like a charm..been a few years now..good luck btw I think tai chi is a good form of exercise

JMWW in reply to frissykat

I tried Chantix too but it made me very anxious so I had to stop.

frissykat in reply to JMWW

thats too bad because it was a miracle worker for me. So good luck to you going cold turkey

Thanks, I've done it before. I just have to keep trying.

@JMWW, hello, the first thing you can do to improve your breathing is to quit smoking, but you already know that. I have aerobic walking CD's, these are pretty good exercises, can do them at home, with or without oxygen. Five days a week I do 1 hour of walking with the CD's, that is equivalent to 4 miles. I also have weights I use while watching tv, use bike peddler, do push ups off counter, blow up balloons. Anything you do that is moving Is a good thing. The CD's you can buy most anywhere and are not expensive. Good luck and God Bless.

JMWW in reply to Madonnalee

Thank you for all of your suggestions.

Quitting smoking is the only thing that is going slow the progression of copd, exercise won't if you continue to smoke.

me to would like some home excercise but I a on oxygen 24/7

grannyk3 in reply to Sandra1944

Hello Sandra1944, there is no reason you can't wear oxygen and exercise at the same time 😊 You should find out about Pulmonary Rehabilitation from your Dr or nurse (not sure how it works there, I live in the U.S.) There are exercise videos on YouTube for people with copd, too. Just type in copd exercises in the search bar.


A list of home exercises.


KevinDavitt in reply to stone-UK

This is great. Thanks

To qiut smoking was sooooo hard. Ii used that niccateen gum...i am sure i mis-spelled that. That fear if i didn't is how i quit.

I've been on nicotine gum for about 14 years, diagnosed with copd about 2 & 1/2 years ago, addicted to the gum now :( I had flu a couple of years ago & never chewed the gum for about a week as I was to ill, coughing & sleeping most of the time....great I thought, the nicotine will be out my body, I won't want any gum...Wrong lol, not worried about it though. Advice on exercise youtube.com/watch?v=KCe3ZS7... or facebook.com/groups/1587237... we are a group of people with various stages of COPD who have a Fit Bit, We set each other walking challenges to encourage each other to move :) Apart from quitting smoking (which I know is horrendous but much easier nowadays with all the aids) exercise IS the best way you can help yourself,.take care xx

Welcome to the site, JMWW Exercise is the best thing you can do. Don't think you need the lectures about smoking. Do you know what stage you are? How active are you? The exercise you do, would have alot to do with how bad your copd is. Rubyxx 😊

Thanks for your response. I am not sure what stage I am at, this only the second time that I have had this much discomfort. I am pretty inactive which I know contributes to the poor breathing, so I am trying to do a little more every day and have seen some improvement.

Try utube they hsve all types of eccercises.That is where I went.The exercises reall help me.God bless and breathe easy.

Thank you

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