Emphysema causes shortness of breath by damaging the air sacs of your lungs. There is no cure for emphysema, but treatments can help slow its progression and manage its symptoms. Without treatment, the disease can progress at a faster rate and you may suffer from more frequent flare-ups of symptoms.
Walking or jogging outside is a popular exercise for many people with emphysema. However, you may not want to walk or jog outside during the winter months. The cold, dry air is known to constrict the airways in your lungs, making it more difficult to breathe.
You don’t need any further breathing complications when you have emphysema. Instead of exercising outside during the winter, you can replace your walk with some of these indoor exercises below.
Three indoor exercises for emphysema patients in the winter
- Stationary bike — Using a stationary bike is beneficial because you don’t have to focus much on balancing and you can ride at your own pace. You can exercise on a stationary bike in the comfort of your own home or in a gym. Many gyms offer stationary bike courses led by a trainer that may be right for you. If you use a stationary bike at home, you can put on one of your favorite movies or shows to keep you entertained while you ride.
- Arm Curls — Two or three sets of 10 or 15 arm curls every other day can help you keep your blood flowing and your lungs strong. Curl with light weights or household objects like canned vegetables. Focus on your breathing during these exercises, exhaling as you lower the weights back down.
- Calf raises — Calf raises are gentle on your body while helping it grow stronger, and they can be done just about anywhere. Do them inside your home when it’s too cold to spend much time outdoors.
Stand behind something sturdy, like a countertop or chair, and hold it for balance. Slowly stand up on your toes while exhaling. Hold this position for a few seconds and slowly lower back down while inhaling. Do this for 10 or 15 repetitions every other day of the week.
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