Important Steps for Better Living With COPD

If you've been diagnosed with COPD, it is possible to continue to do many of the activities you currently enjoy. There are steps you can take to best manage your COPD. Start by consulting with your physician and healthcare team to determine the best approach to treat your COPD. Your best chance of success is with the support and help of others.

Stop Smoking

One of the first steps is to avoid harmful substances that trigger the problem, especially cigarette smoke! Smoking cessation is the first and most important step towards slowing the progression of COPD.

Get Your Lungs in Shape with Regular Exercise

Another important component of managing COPD is exercise and breathing exercises. Work with your doctor to develop a program of exercise that is right for you. Special exercises to strengthen your chest muscles can improve your breathing. Aerobic exercise, such as walking and riding a bike, is very important for increasing your stamina, and improving your ability to do daily activities.

Living with COPD

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