The beautiful month of May is here again. Spring is in full swing, and hopefully you're getting plenty of May flowers out of the relentless April showers. Now that the weather is warming up, more of us are venturing back outside to exercise outdoors, and oil up our bikes! Naturally, May is named National Fitness and Sports Month, as well as National Bike Month by the President's Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition.
It's all about raising awareness about fitness for everyone, young and old, and for those with any disability or chronic illness. It's something important that everyone needs to focus on to lead a healthy life. If you need to use prescribed oxygen therapy, you don't need to stay inside while everyone else is out walking in the woods or riding their bikes around the neighborhood. Depending on your condition and the dosage you need, you should be able to go biking with your friends, starting this month!
Of course, you should always check with your Dr. first before starting any kind of new exercise routine. This is important, because your COPD or any other health condition is individual to you. What is good for one person with COPD might not be good for another patient. The pace of one asthmatic might be harmful to another.
Let your Dr. know you are interested in joining your friends outdoors for some exercise, or possibly for advice on what exercises you should focus on, whether indoors or out. Your Dr. should be able to make some helpful suggestions, as well as let if you know if it's safe for you to exercise.
If you get the green light from your Dr., he or she will likely tell you what dosage you will need while exercising. If you only use oxygen therapy from a stationary oxygen concentrator for several hours out of the day, your doctor might suggest the use of a small portable model on a certain dosage setting.
Some of the best small portable oxygen concentrators to use while exercising are the Lifechoice Activox, The AirSep Focus, Freestyle or Freestyle 5. All of these models have supplemental battery life, so you won't need to worry about running out of battery power while you're out and about riding bikes with your friends. They are around under or around 5 lbs, and are able to be easily carried at your side or or your back with their adjustable straps and carry bags.
You're Dr. will most likely tell you which small portable model is right for you, as per the dosage settings on each one. Not everyone who needs oxygen therapy will need to use oxygen while they are exercising. Depending on what your Dr. tells you, you might be able to just continue using your regular oxygen therapy before or after working out.
It will be helpful for many oxygen patients to get a hand held pulse oximeter, to make sure their blood oxygen level isn't dropping too much while they are exercising or biking. If it does, you will need to stop and call your Dr.