It wasn’t too long ago when asthmatics and peeps with lung conditions were advised to sit out of strenuous activities. Research has proven that regular exercise is most beneficial for lung diseased individuals.
Quality of life and reducing other health risks can be maintained by staying active and fit. Regular exercise assists breathing and more can be done with less effort.
Breathing is one of the most important life lines that should never be taken for granted. When you are living with a lung condition e.g. asthma, restrictive lung disease, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), shortness of breath is experienced and that’s why exercise become so important. Exercise is not going to heal the lung disease but it will provide better quality of living. Exercise assists the shortness of breath patterns and in that way all activities of daily living will be enhanced. The sedentary habits of shortness of breath lung conditions can lead to loss of cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength. This in turn can lead to a vicious cycle – no activity – no fitness – less breath – disease and poor quality of life.
Oxygen uptake needs to be enhanced with every breath taken. Individuals need to be educated about the use of heart rate and efficient breathing techniques. Anxiety and depression are also conditions that come hand in hand with lung problems. Regular well designed exercise regimes will assist and uplift individuals both mentally and physically. With most lung diseased patients it is advisable for other members of the family to get involved with the rehabilitation program. This can involve not merely the exercise regime but also the medication, oxygen therapy, breathing techniques, energy conservation etc.
Social support is another aspect that needs much more attention when dealing with physical as well as mental challenges. One of the best exercise conditions for especially those with asthma, is the pool environment. This is a moist area and ideal for patients. It is also an area where groups of people can train together and have lots of fun while doing it. Another ideal group activity for the lung diseased individuals is walking. They meet up with others suffering from the same conditions and that makes it much more acceptable for most.
Many top Olympic athletes suffer from an asthmatic condition. Having any lung condition does thus not mean that you need to stand on the sideline. It means getting all the information possible to assist in starting the journey to healthy living.
Being able to do the daily tasks and the enjoyable activities over weekends mean that you need to obtain the best fitness possible. A fitness that includes the managing of your condition, the social involvement of friends and family and an exercise program that is suitable for YOU!
So take that deep breath and make the call!