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Old 07-30-2013, 01:01 PM   #1
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COPD and exercise

I have just been dx with COPD (#1). I'm 75 years old, non smoker for 30+
years. I've always been very active but a knee injury (meniscus) put me out of commission, and I wasn't active for some time. Suddenly, I'm S.O.B, and had a chest x-ray which showed a lot of scaring on both lungs???? So, therefore the dx. I'm on S.S. and cannot afford resp. rehab., so my husband got a treadmill for me. My question is, I don't know how to start a program that will accelerate to help me progress. I am now doing 15 min. at 2 mph, but that hardly feels like anything. At the end my pulse is only 100. Is there a website??? that can give me information, or perhaps someone that has gone through the same thing? I really don't want to give in to this; my garden awaits. :-)

 
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:14 AM   #2
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Re: COPD and exercise

Hello,
I just was advised mild exercise (I have damaged spinal cord and dropped foot) due to my lung disease.
I was told to start very slowly and do only until I feel short of breath. Than you can walk slowly and stop, give it a rest.
If you don't have problem breathing or heart palps you can start walking 10 min every day for 3 days, slow and comfortable. In 3 days you walk for 15 min and again: always start slow, increase speed a little in the middle of these 15 min and always slow at the end giving yourself 5 last min to relax. You can never stop abruptly; you can never start and end on high speed. Your body needs time to adjust.
I used to be very athletic also but when we get health issues, we must think before we do any exercise. When we walk outside, we can do it with speed we want, we can stop when we want, but treadmill needs more careful approach.

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