Outdoor Activities

  • 5 Low-Impact Exercises for People with COPD

    Living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, can be a struggle for the those diagnosed. COPD can cause shortness of breath, discomfort, and coughing, and it can also make everyday activities challenging. But even though being active and exercising can increase one’s shortness of breath, there are many benefits.

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  • Summer Holiday Safety Tips for Oxygen Users

    Summer weather and heatwaves can be cause for concern, but it can be especially dangerous for those who suffer from chronic lung diseases and rely on oxygen concentrators. Make sure that you and your loved ones are staying safe in the summertime heat so that everyone can breathe easy.

    Plan Your Outdoor Time

    If you spend time outdoors during the day, try to plan your errands and other outdoor time for early in the morning or late in the evening. The middle of the day is when it is hottest, with the sun high overhead and temperatures soaring, and it can exacerbate any breathing difficulties. When you are outside, make sure that you’re dressed appropriately in light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide-brimmed hat.

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  • Customer Story - Emma at the Lake with a SimplyGo

    An inspirational stories from one of our oxygen therapy users. This is a customer story about Emma and her father Kevin while using a Respironics SimplyGo mobile oxygen unit on a recent family trip to the mountains and lake.

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  • Enjoy Outdoor Hunting with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

    So you’re an outdoor sports enthusiast who enjoys hunting? If you have a medical need for oxygen, you can still engage in your favorite pastime. There’s no reason to give up physical activities, especially if you use a portable oxygen concentrator.

    In the last decade, oxygen machines have been developed that weigh as little as 2.5 pounds. Their battery life has increased significantly, as well. Oxygen concentrators work by converting air in the surrounding area into concentrated oxygen. They deliver oxygen via continuous or intermittent flow. Continuous flow units provide a consistent amount of oxygen regardless of how many times a patient breaths per minute. Because they deliver a precise amount of oxygen per minute based on the manufacturer’s specs, intermittent, or pulse dose, are usually recommended for patients that require a lower flow of oxygen. If you use a pulse flow machine or need continuous flow up to three liters per minute, you can use a portable oxygen concentrator.

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  • Skiing and Hitting the Slopes with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

    You shouldn't have to pass on going skiing with your friends if you need to use oxygen therapy. In fact, portable oxygen for skiers happens to be a great idea, even for those who don't have a chronic lung disease. Being at high altitudes can make it harder to breathe, and can cause what is known as "acute mountain sickness".

    If you have a chronic lung condition, you should consult your doctor before taking part in this physical activity, whether or not you use oxygen therapy. If your doctor gives you the okay, he or she might advise that you use a portable oxygen concentrator while doing so, even if you don't usually need one.

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  • Taking Your Oxygen Therapy to the Golf Course – Golfing with Oxygen

    Portable oxygen concentrators make it much easier for you to go just about anywhere while still using your oxygen therapy, and golfing with an mobile concentrator is no different. You need more oxygen while you're golfing because you're exerting energy. You're using extra muscle movement to swing, and to walk around.

    More oxygen is required by our muscles when we do a lot of moving around, and that's why portable oxygen concentrators are equipped with an oxygen conservation feature. Naturally, if you're using a concentrator, you're most likely moving around from place to place. The concentrator will keep giving you the same dosage, even as your breath rate goes up, which happens when you're exerting energy.

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  • A Skiing Adventure with Oxygen Therapy

    Skiing is one winter sport that many people enjoy, and you don't need to do any crazy jumps or tricks, or even ski down the steep slopes. There is a level for skiing that will suit almost anyone. One of our customers, Paul W., has been an avid skier since he was young, and still after a few years of using oxygen therapy, he's still hitting the slopes. He shared with us some of the things he's learned from being diagnosed with COPD, using oxygen therapy, which portable oxygen concentrator he prefers, and not giving up on something you enjoy.

    I was diagnosed with COPD at a younger age than many people I've heard about before. I thought I had several years more before I really had to start worrying, but I was wrong. I was diagnosed when I was 36, and my doctor was surprised because I was already advanced into the brink of it being severe. At first he didn't think I needed to use oxygen therapy – just an inhaler – but a few years later, I started having a lot of trouble.

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  • Gone Hunting with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

    Hunting is a favorite pastime for many people, and you shouldn't have to stop because you're now using oxygen therapy. Bill T. was diagnosed with emphysema 5 years ago, and he was afraid that would mean the end of his hunting excursions. “I've been doing this for 30 years with my friends and I couldn't see giving it up. At first, I thought needing to use oxygen therapy was going to keep me stuck at home during hunting season, while the boys were out hunting the way we always did. My son suggested I go ahead and get a portable concentrator instead of liquid or compressed oxygen. I'm glad I went ahead and listened to him.”

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  • Uncle Jim Goes Boating with his Oxygen Concentrator

    James W., is known as “Uncle Jim” to almost everyone who knows him, because he's just like your typical uncle. He loves treating his nieces and nephews to a fun weekend, especially when it involves taking them for rides on his pontoon boat on the lake near his home.

    Uncle Jim was diagnosed with COPD 3 years ago, at the age of 59, but that hasn't stopped him and his family boating adventures, or keep him from riding on his jet ski. Other than needing to use oxygen therapy, you would have never guessed that Uncle Jim has any sort of chronic disease. You can always pick him out in a crowd. He's a tall man with a white beard and he always wears his Cleveland Indians cap. Uncle Jim always was, and still is a very lively person with a zest for life, and a love for the great outdoors and water sports.

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  • Tips for Going Camping with your Oxygen Concentrator

    Like with any other chronic condition or special medical need, you should be able to go anywhere you want and do the things you would have been doing, whether you are using oxygen therapy or not. Camping is something many families do together during the summer, and you should be able to go along without worrying that your need for oxygen therapy would be any sort of burden. The only burden would be bringing along oxygen equipment that is inconvenient or not functioning properly.

    Bringing along a portable oxygen concentrator is your best bet, since you don't have to worry about running out of oxygen. You should never have to run out of oxygen in the great outdoors! If your family is planning a week or longer excursion out in the woods this summer, we have a few tips and suggestions for you to make it as fun and hassle-free as it can be.

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