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As you age, it gets harder to stay active and exercise regularly – especially if you have breathing issues. People with asthma, COPD or shortness of breath may find it difficult to exercise and sometimes avoid it due to lack of energy. However, there are several easy exercises that can help improve breathing problems.
Why you should exercise if you have breathing issues
If you have breathing issues, you know about the struggles of simply going about your normal daily routine – nevermind exercising or working out. But establishing an exercise routine can improve how well your body uses oxygen. Exercising can’t reverse lung damage, but it can make living with breathing issues a little bit easier and give you extra energy. Exercise helps your body use oxygen more efficiently and, with time, can improve your breathing.
Exercise can strengthen your muscles and heart, improve your blood circulation and help lower blood pressure – all of which can help if you have breathing issues. Your heart, lungs and blood cells all process and carry oxygen to the different organs and tissues in your body, which need oxygen for energy and proper function. Breathing issues can affect that process, which is why you feel tired and sluggish if you have breathing issues. Over time, if you avoid exercise altogether, you can feel even worse.
Exercise can also help you feel more energized, strengthen bones, improve your sleep and enhance your emotional outlook. It can also help you feel more social as there are likely exercise groups in your area that you can join for people with similar breathing issues.
Starting a regular exercise or workout routine will be difficult in the early stages. It takes time to build up cardio endurance. Consult with your doctor first, warm up beforehand and cool down after, try some breathing exercises (here’s a few examples), take it slow and gradually increase the duration of your workout, always have liquids like water nearby for hydration (and a canister of Boost Oxygen for 95% pure oxygen – more on that later!) and stop exercising if you feel nausea, dizziness or an irregular heartbeat.
If it’s hot and humid during the summer months, exercise indoors or join a local gym. If you have breathing issues, you should wait until the cooler months to exercise outdoors.
Easy exercises you should try if you have breathing issues
Again, if you start any exercise or workout routine, start slowly. Stretch and warm up beforehand. Some easy exercises you can try are:
Walking Light/slow jogging Swimming Bike Riding Jumping Rope Low Impact Aerobics Beginners Yoga Resistance Training
You can walk, jog and bike in your neighborhood to stay close to home. Local gyms can also offer swimming, exercise bikes and aerobic, yoga and resistance training classes. Licensed instructors at gyms can also make recommendations on other light and easy exercises you can try.
Why Boost Oxygen supplemental oxygen can help during exercise
For decades, athletes and fitness enthusiasts have used supplemental oxygen for energy, recovery and performance benefits. When you exercise or work out, your body can benefit from supplemental oxygen to help provide energy to your brain, muscles, tissues and organs. Did you know that the air we normally breathe contains ONLY around 21% oxygen? The majority is useless 78% nitrogen.
Boost Oxygen is 95% pure oxygen for all-natural and healthy respiratory support. You can use bottled water to stay hydrated, but Boost Oxygen can keep you oxygenated when you exercise. Our canisters are also lightweight and portable, meaning you can take them anywhere during any workout routine.
Boost Oxygen is not a substitute for individuals who have been prescribed medical oxygen for health reasons. Boost Oxygen is intended for non-medical use. Medical-grade oxygen that is prescribed by a doctor is 99.2% (or above) pure oxygen. Boost Oxygen is 95% pure supplemental oxygen, no prescription needed. Although both are produced in a similar manner, Boost Oxygen is designed for people looking to experience the benefits of purified supplemental oxygen in the different facets of their life – including exercise and working out!
We invited readers to learn more about exercises for people with breathing issues by visiting these informational links: