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Tips for Staying Active

  • By Stephanie Huston Keymaster

    Staying active with COPD is often easier said than done. What tips or strategies do you have for staying active with COPD?

  • By mekoker

    The best way to increase the tempo gradually .

  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    That’s a good answer, Mekoker. It sounds like you subscribe to the philosophy: ‘everything in moderation’, and that is a good outlook for COPD activities.
    Thanks for responding.
    Leon (site moderator)

  • By PhilJ

    Don’t know about you BUT I have what I call good and bad days, on my good days I feel like pretty active. But when I’m having a bad day it takes everything I do just to take a shower??When I go to walmart I make sure I have a inhaler on me.I just have to take each day by day..;)

  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    That sounds like a good approach, Kevin. Others in our community have expressed similar sentiments about ‘good days and bad days’, so you are not alone in you experiences. It’s always a good idea to have your inhaler with you – just in case!
    In view of your comment, I thought you might find it helpful to look over this published material about staying active:
    All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • By lwhiterain

    Can I get some information. I have been diagnosed 6-7 yrs ago with COPD, which is mild. I do a lot of exercise, mostly zumba, and have recently been taken off the Seretide dual inhaler which I used for the last years.
    My question is about bloating and eating meals. I find I get very uncomfortable after eating meals which I would not consider very large. With mild COPD (which I think I have developed over many years, although for a long time it was called asthma) am I likely to have this long lung condition which I see is considered a common problem for those with COPD? I have been thinking maybe I have some other ailment which causes the discomfort. But perhaps it is the COPD/lung size issue that is the problem.

  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    Hi lwhiterain – you’ve come to the right place for information and COPD! Other community members have expressed similar sentiments regarding eating meals and a bloating feeling, so you are not alone.
    I thought you might find it helpful to review the material we have published on our website, here at

    The article is in two parts:
    Here is ‘bloating and COPD, part 1’:
    And here is ‘bloating and COPD, part 2’:

    Please let us hear back from you and let us know how you’re doing.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • By pinochio

    eat good sensible food and keep active everyday. Don’t sit down and do nothing or you will start to feel worse. I am 85 and was diagnosed with copd four years ago. It was a surprise to me as I have always lived in the country and worked outside. funnily enough I still cannot believe I have got it. Yes I get breathless what does one expect at my age. I am on 1puff of seretide morning and night and 2 puffs of spiriva respimat once a day and I often wonder if I would better off taking neither as they don’t seem do do much for me. Am I unfortunately hooked already. Would my health deteriorate rapidly if I stopped taking them Your comments would be appreciated

    • By Jenn Patel

      Hi pinochio –

      Thanks for your comments and questions! While we can’t give medical advice via the internet, for your safety, we do highly encourage you to ask these great questions to your doctors and/or specialists, if you haven’t already. Anytime you’re making treatment decisions, it’s really important to consult your doctor first.

      Since you mentioned that you keep active every day, I thought you might appreciate this post from Derek on staying active: I hope this helps in your day-to-day activities!

      Please do keep us posted on what you decide and how you’re doing. We’ll be thinking of you!

      Jenn (Community Manager,

  • By Peter Queripel.

    Hi pinochio

    I’m on the same two medications and they do me the world of good. I soon know if I’ve missed a dose. You do need to ask your doctor why your not getting on with them. I’m sure he can regulate your dosage.

    Best regards.

  • By Janet Plank Moderator

    Sitting is something that is hard on the body for any given time. So I get up and walk around the house every hour and I get some walking in. I also use that time to tinker around the house or take care of needs. If it’s a day where I’m not well on my feet or if I’m down in bed, I wiggle my fingers and toes, I stretch my muscles. It’s important to keep circulation flowing.

    On some days it’s necessary to my inhaler before exerces or after.

    These things are something that you should talk to your doctor about. What are his/her recommendations for you and what will help you the most. What’s good for one, might not be good for another.

    Janet (moderator)