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COPD Friendly Hobbies

COPD Friendly Hobbies

We often say that it’s important to have a hobby. Something to pass the time. Something that you enjoy doing even when there’s no one else around. Here are some hobbies I think are ideal for people with lung diseases.


This is a great way to pass the time. Is there a book you’ve wanted to read for a long time? A subject you wanted to touch upon? A favorite author you wanted to finish reading all the books of? Well, there’s no better time than the present. A book is something you can enjoy at home. You can also take them with you on trips. As a bonus, you can even read them when sitting in doctor’s offices or hospitals. So, pretty portable hobby here.


Start a blog. No COPD triggers in the blogosphere. Start that book you’ve always wanted to write. You are a brilliant person with much to share. You can write to the general public. Or, you can write to your children or grandchildren. You can write a novel. Or, perhaps you enjoy sharing experiences from your own life. In the world of writing, there’s no limit to the places you can go. And the neat thing is you don’t even have to get up from your seat.

Playing on computers and gadgets

We live in a world of computers, iPhones, iPads, and more. Is that old book too moldy and dusty to read? Well, no worry. How about finding the same book on Google Books. No allergens in the hyperspace. Many books that are no longer copyrighted are available for free on the Internet. Or, you can buy a good e-book. You can also play games and even write online. So many options for passing the time. And you can take these with you pretty much anywhere. Many places have free wifi, including hospitals and doctor’s offices.

Arts and crafts

Drawing, knitting, sewing, quilting, whittling, embroidery, etc. These are all things that you can do to pass the time.  You may want to stay away from smelly glues and markers. But, other than that, there are lots of options here. There are adult coloring books I see lots of COPDers using. I’ve seen some pretty cool drawings. Sewing is something you probably have to do at home. But, I’ve seen patients in the hospital setting working on quilts or knitting scarves and similar items. So, lots and lots of options here.


You can buy expensive cameras. But, you can also use these modern things called iPhones. You can take pictures of kids and grandkids. But, I have also seen some neat pictures of plants and flowers and other neat items. In fact, Michelle, one of our contributors, took us on a photo journey of chronic illness. So, you can be pretty creative with photos.


You can take all those photos you have and create a scrapbook or photo book. You can create one of these for each of your kids or grandkids. Or, you could create one for yourself.


This is a good one for history buffs. How did your grandparents end up in the United States? Where did they live before that? Investigating your family history can be loads of fun. You can interview family members. You can research on the Internet. There are even some websites to help you out here. You can create a family tree. Lots of fun to be had here.

Conclusion. There are so many things you can do to pass the time. These are just a few options here. So, what do you do to pass the time? What is your hobby? Please share in the comments below.

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  • KevinDavitt
    10 months ago

    John – I take advantage of 4 out of the 7 hobbies you mention. I also try to cook whenever I can although, truth be told, I’d rather eat my wife’s cooking!

  • John Bottrell, RRT moderator author
    10 months ago

    That’s a good one. I should have put cooking on the list. Well, we’ll save that for part II. I think I’m the same way about cooking. The best judges of my cooking are my kids. If they eat it, or ask for it again, you are in the good. John. Site Moderator.

  • DebraKay
    10 months ago

    I do gardening.I am stage 4 COPD. I can’t wait for spring. I have a canvas gardening stool with pockets for everything I need. I am on oxygen but I won’t let that stop me.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    10 months ago

    Hi DebraKay and thanks for your post. Spring is not that far off now that we’ve passed the New Year. Your innovative gardening stool sounds like it’s just the right thing to keep everything you need very handy. Looking forward to hearing about your gardening successes once the Spring arrives. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • Barbara Moore moderator
    10 months ago

    Hi DebraKay, I too like to garden and haven’t done much of that for the last 3 years, but I do have plans for this year. I can’t wait for spring.
    We can exchange photo’s later in the season. Barbara Moore (Site moderator)

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