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Managing COPD - Exercise


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“I am able to manage my COPD. I am in better shape now than I have been in years. The benefits of exercise are endless for the body, mind and overall attitude."
- Dale, COPD Pulmonary Rehabilitation Participant, Moose Jaw, SK


Exercise is good for everyone, but it is especially important for people with COPD. In fact, it is one of the most powerful tools to manage COPD — second only to quitting smoking. Exercising can help you breathe better and give you more energy. Start by talking to your doctor or another healthcare provider about exercise and for advice on developing a regular exercise routine.

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To learn more about exercise and COPD visit Lung Health Resources to download and read COPD and Physical Activity in the COPD Handbook. 

To view a helpful daily home exercise video, visit Pulmonary Rehabilitation Daily Fitness Video.  

A great way to learn how to exercise and learn how to manage your COPD in a supportive and encouraging environment is to join a pulmonary rehabilitation program. Pulmonary rehabilitation programs offer supervised exercise and education by trained healthcare professionals.

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To learn more about pulmonary rehabilitation visit Lung Health Resources to download and read Join a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program in the COPD Handbook.

To find a pulmonary rehabilitation program near you visit Find a Lung Health Program to download the Saskatchewan Pulmonary Rehab List.