An article from US News & World Report outlines some of the most effective exercises for patients with COPD, including Stretching and Relaxation, Strengthening, Upper Extremity Endurance, and Lower Body Endurance.

Although exercise can’t reverse the lung damage that leads to COPD, it can help you avoid the deconditioning that can lead to more breathlessness and a worsening prognosis, thereby improving your quality of life.

A 2014 study in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society that looked at the association between physical activity levels and hospitalizations among a large group of COPD patients found that “participation in any level of regular moderate to vigorous physical activity … was associated with a significantly lower risk” of readmission to the hospital for any reason within 30 days of a prior hospital stay.

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