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breath. This includes exercising, bending or
How do I do the exercises?
There is one recommended exercise that is
easy to do at home. To do it, sit in a chair with
your feet on the foor. Relax your neck and
keep your back straight. Then:
Lean forward and rest your elbows on the
Breathe in through your nostrils while
you count to two.
Feel your belly muscles move out while
Purse your lips. Pretend you are going to
whistle or blow out a candle.
Count to four while breathing out slowly
through your mouth.
How often do I need to do breathing
Four or fve times a day. Practice while you
are watching TV or reading a newspaper.
Why do I have to practice breathing
for my COPD?
Breathing is sometimes harder when you
have COPD. That’s because swelling or mucus
blocks the tiny tubes in your lungs.
Exercises that you do at home teach your
body new ways of breathing. You’ll be able to
inhale more air and feel better when you are
short of breath.
What is pursed-lip breathing?
This is a technique that slows down your
breathing and makes breathing more efective.
With this type of breathing, you will:
Take deeper breaths.
Take fewer breaths.
Keep your airways open for longer.
Be able to relax.
Use less energy to breathe.
You can use pursed-lip breathing when you
are doing things that leave you short of
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*For most people, beginning a light, low-intensity workout program is safe. However, if you are new to exercising, have been
inactive for an extended period of time or have any medical issues or are looking to start an intense exercise program, you should
speak to your doctor frst.