Exercise is also one of the most important things you can do to help with breathing. Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the right exercise routine for you.

the benefits of exercise

  • Improved fitness
  • Greater independence in everyday activities
  • Not feeling exhausted as often
  • Improved confidence
  • Ability to think more clearly

exercise options

breathing during exercise

If you're worried about becoming short of breath, paced breathing may help. Paced breathing means breathing in coordination with your activity. Read More  Paced breathing is a technique that is taught at pulmonary rehabilitation and at COPD support groups. Paced breathing prevents or decreases shortness of breath during activities, such as when you walk or lift light objects. Here's how paced breathing works:

Pursed-Lip Breathing: People in pulmonary rehab learn a technique called pursed-lip breathing. This allows you to breathe in and out better so you can be more physically active. Here's an example of how pursed-lip breathing works during stair climbing:

  • Inhale through your nose, keeping your mouth closed. Try to inhale for 2 seconds.
  • Exhale slowly through pursed lips, as if you're blowing out a candle. Try to exhale for 4 to 6 seconds.

It's important to be involved in physical activities every day. If you're worried about doing too much, talk to your healthcare provider about physical activities that are appropriate for you.  Close 

how proper breathing can help

Ron — Importance of pursed-lip breathing for COPD

exercise safety tips

  • Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other precautions you should take before or during exercise.  Read More 
  • Stop exercising if you:
    • Have chest, neck, arm, or jaw pain or pressure
    • Feel weak
    • Aren't feeling well
    • Are dizzy, nauseated, lightheaded, or develop a headache
    • Have any other symptoms that cause concern, and call your doctor immediately