Hello, everyone. My name is Russell Winwood, and I’m a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patient. You may know me as the COPD athlete. I’m also a father, and I can tell you that nothing makes me happier than spending time with my sons on Father’s Day. However, certain things are harder for me to do because of my COPD. To help you have more fun with your dad on Father’s Day, I want to share 2 tips with you.
1. Exercise Is an Activity the Whole Family Can Enjoy
As a person who’s known as the COPD athlete, you can imagine that I’m a big fan of staying active. I’ve even been training for another Ironman event this year. However, I can tell you that staying active isn’t just a good thing for your lungs. It’s also a quality way to spend time with your dad on Father’s Day.
For example, you could plan a family walk someplace that’s meaningful for your dad. Another great family exercise option is a family bike ride. These and other exercise options will allow you to spend time with your family and your father. It may also help boost your dad’s lung health. However, it’s important that you make sure he doesn’t push himself too hard during family exercise time. Be sure to work frequent rest breaks into family exercise time and encourage your dad to stay hydrated. After all, having a worsening of his COPD symptoms, or exacerbation, isn’t how he wants to spend Father’s Day.
2. Watch What You Eat
Many people like to make a delicious meal for dad on Father’s Day. However, food isn’t always necessarily lung-healthy just because it’s tasty. That’s why you should make sure the food at your family gathering is still lung healthy.
A great lung-healthy option to consider is some form of lean protein. Lean proteins include foods like fish, chicken and pork, and they are all great choices for a Father’s Day meal. For example, many types of fish have vitamins and minerals that can benefit lung health. Also, greens like kale and spinach can be mixed with other lung-healthy vegetables to create delicious salads for your family meal. Try recipes like seared salmon with salad to create a lung-healthy meal the whole family can enjoy.
Exercising together and eating a lung-healthy meal are 2 ways you can spend time with your entire family on Father’s Day while still looking after your father’s lung health. This is Russell Winwood wishing all of you a very happy and lung-healthy Father’s Day.
Lung Health Institute Wants to Help COPD Patients
Chronic lung diseases like COPD can be treated in many ways. For instance, the health care team at Lung Health Institute has created 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans that are designed to help COPD patients improve their quality of life.
AI2 plans contain many aspects that may help you. For instance, these plans offer information about specific foods that may support your lung health. They also offer information about sleeping, exercising and lung-healthy supplements. The information in our AI2 plans is intended to help boost your immune system and train your body to use fats as inflammation-fighting fuel.
Take the next step to find relief. Contact one of our patient coordinators for more information or to schedule a free consultation.