One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions that is also one of the hardest to stick to is the focus on being healthier and more active. When you’re prescribed oxygen therapy it’s common to believe you will no longer be able to exercise which, often times, is not the case.
Staying active when you have been diagnosed with COPD is a great way to stay on top of your health. What’s more, working out with an oxygen concentrator has incredible health benefits aside from providing you the therapy you need. Most simply, oxygen helps you to get the most out of your work out.
If you’re interested in burning more calories, building muscle quicker, improving circulation, strengthening your respiratory muscles, and most importantly decreasing some COPD related symptoms; it’s time to get active!
Easier said than done, right? What if you could trade your 15 pound tank for a unit that weighs less than 3 pounds? Wouldn’t that make exercising so much easier? Well, meet the Inogen One G4, this perfect work-out companion makes exercising an easy and more pleasant experience.
Weighing in at an impressive 2.8 pounds with single battery, this popular portable is one of the smallest and lightest concentrators on the market today making it an ideal work-out partner. Give us a call at 888-360-9628 to see if the G4 is right for your oxygen and exercise needs!
Get started today! The hardest part of any resolution is to simply start. Below you’ll find 3 of our favorite and less intensive exercises that are great to get you started. As always, check with your doctor before making any changes to your health related habits.
Walking may seem simple, but it’s top on our list due to the fact that it is relatively low-impact and low resistance. Another great thing about walking is that it is completely free to do. Take a walk around your house, yard, neighborhood, local mall, and more. You don’t need any special equipment aside from your concentrator and your own two feet! Scientists have found that patients who maintained moderate or high level(s) of exercise— which in most cases equated to a walking regimen — were hospitalized only 53 percent as often as those who didn’t walk regularly(1).
If you suffer from allergies or other environmental related irritants it’s always important to check the AQI or Air Quality Index (Click Here to Read More about AQI) and the weather before your walk. Always be sure to check with your doctor prior to starting any new exercising and health related habits.
2. Arm Curls
Believe it or not, there are exercises you can complete while remaining seated and they will still be an effective way to improve your overall health! One great example of this style of exercise is the classic arm curl. Simply hold the weights are your sides, palms forward, and lift toward your chest, keeping elbows down, and exhaling slowly. (See the example below)
Lifting weights helps you to build strength, muscle mass, and muscle efficiency. Building muscle mass helps teach your body to use oxygen more efficiently and thus can help improve your COPD related symptoms. Don’t worry, you don’t have to do any serious lifting, even a moderate weight used regularly can help to strengthen your muscles overtime.
Always be sure to check with your doctor prior to starting any new habits.
3. Exercise Bike
Exercise bikes have been around for years and may seem like an outdated piece of equipment, however, they’re a great choice for someone with back, knee, joint, or COPD related issues. Exercise bikes help to strengthen your leg muscles, and works to improve your overall health and endurance.
There are many different styles of exercise bikes available, many of our patients prefer a Recumbent bike. A Recumbent bike is a stationary bike that is reclined, with the peddles directly beneath you, allowing you to stretch out your legs. This style is generally less intensive and a favorite for those with knee related issues.
As always, check with your doctor prior to starting any new exercise habits.
Remember: Always speak with your doctor before beginning any new health related habits. If you have questions regarding your ability to preform these exercises, please speak with your doctor directly.