Helping a loved one stay active with COPD
Here are some more ways to help your loved one—and yourself—stay motivated to move:
- Make physical activity part of your home routine. Divvy up the household and yard chores. Establish an exercise habit such as going to the gym in the morning or walking your dog after dinner, and ask your loved one if he or she wants to come along.
- Help your loved one cope with physical challenges. The potential obstacles posed by having respiratory problems can be overcome. Encourage your loved one to ask for advice from the healthcare team. For example, if shortness of breath is an issue, pursed-lip breathing may help. If portable oxygen is prescribed, the oxygen flow rate may need to be adjusted during exercise. A healthcare professional can show your loved one how to do this.
- Give each other encouragement and support. For both of you, regular physical activity is good for your muscles, heart, and blood vessels. Plus, it helps ease stress, improve sleep, boost energy, and control your weight.3
- By getting regular physical activity, you're taking care of your own physical and mental well-being, too. In the long run, that helps you be a better partner in health.