Having a chronic lung disease can make exercise difficult. Depending on the severity of your condition, even walking across the house may be difficult. And yet, you know that you have to exercise and move in order to improve your health, and to maintain a certain quality of life. So, what do you do when you can’t breathe enough to move around, but you know that you need to move around?
You practice strengthening your lungs from the couch.
At the Lung Health Institute, we believe that your quality of life should not be determined by your lung disease. That is why we are going to walk you through this process of improving your lungs from the couch, and then we will continue to help you fight the inflammation in your lungs with our wellness plans and our cellular therapy treatment.
Start right where you are
The Center for Disease Control recommends at least 2.5 hours of exercise each week to maintain a healthy lifestyle. And while that is one of the ultimate goals of our treatment, it’s not a good place to start if your COPD is keeping you confined to the couch. Instead, we need to start exactly where you are right now: sitting down.
Read through this plan to improve your lungs from the couch, and then follow along with one of our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ plans to start living a healthy lifestyle, full of anti-inflammatory recipes, breathing exercises and gradual physical activity.
- Wear loose clothing — Deep breathing comes from your belly. If you are wearing clothing that fits tight across your stomach or your chest, you may be restricting your ability to take a deep breath. Changing into loose clothing is your first step toward Breathing Easier™.
- Oriental breathing exercises — Inhale through your nose three small breaths. Hold each one, and then release. On your fourth inhale, raise your arms to shoulder level in front of your body. Hold it, and then release. Repeat three times. On your next round of inhales, raise your arms shoulder level to the side of your body. Repeat twice. On the third inhale on this round, raise your arms overhead, and then circle them downward on the exhale. Repeat this ten times.
- Numbered breathing — Take a deep breath and hold for one second. Picture the number one in your mind as you hold your breathe. Exhale. Inhale and picture the number two. Hold your breath for two seconds, and then exhale. Continue until you have reached the number eight, and then repeat.
- Arm circles from the couch — Lift your arms shoulder height out to the side of your body. Keeping your arms straight, rotate your wrists to make small circles. Begin to make the circles bigger, now moving your arms. Be sure to keep your arms straight during this process. Now, hold your arms out to the side and count to 15. Lower your arms and rest. Repeat.
- Seated jumping jacks — Sit up straight on the edge of the couch. Move your arms from your hips to above your head, as if you were doing a jumping jack. Move your legs in and out, as if you were doing a jumping jack. Do the two motions together, so you are doing a jumping jack while remaining seated. Perform 20 seated jumping jacks, then rest. Repeat three times.
As you continue to improve your lung function from the couch, you may notice that you have more energy to do more things around the house. We’d love to help you recapture some of the quality of life you lost to your lung disease. Our Lung Restoration Treatment™ has helped many patients Breathe Easier™. In fact, 85 percent of our patients* have reported a significant improvement in lung function and quality of life within three months of receiving treatment.
To learn more about the lung treatment options available to you, contact one of our dedicated patient coordinators today to schedule a free consultation.