Staying Active

  • 10 Fun Hobbies to Keep You Busy During the Cold Months

    It's bleak and cold, and the days are short. There's a good chance that you're stuck inside right now, when you'd rather be outside gardening or just enjoying some fresh air and sunshine. Boredom and cabin fever can set in during the coldest months, but you don't need to resign yourself to watching television or playing games on the computer all day.

    Winter can actually be a great time to take up a number of new hobbies, that you wouldn't have the time or patience to do during the warmer months of the year. You might even start to enjoy the fact that you have to stay indoors! Here are some of the best indoor cold weather activities that will help you keep the doldrums from setting in.

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  • Users Perspective: My Trip with oxygen to Pikes Peak

    One of the things I've always wanted to do, among my very long bucket list of amazing places to visit n my life, was to hike the trails of Pike's Peak. I had read so much about this place and saw all the beautiful pictures, and I couldn't wait to go.

    I've been to a few great places already when I was younger, but Pike's Peak kept getting put off for this reason and that reason. Life throws you curve balls and you have to deal with them, and your dreams have to get pushed to the side for a while.

    One of those curve balls hit me pretty hard when I was 49 – that's 4 years ago already. I was diagnosed with COPD and had to start oxygen therapy to get my blood oxygen level back up to where it's supposed to be. I was pretty upset when I heard this news, but I also didn't know much about it yet.

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  • Performing Yoga with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

    Yoga might seem like it doesn't do much at first glance, and if you don't know much about it. It just looks like a series of stretches in weird poses, right? It's actually much more than that, and it's also a great way to exercise if you want something easygoing and low impact. Yoga doesn't need for you to jump up and down, or run or do jumping jacks. It does, however, still require that you do plenty of breathing.

    Breath is one of the main parts of yoga. This is great news for people who use a portable oxygen concentrator when they work out. Portable oxygen concentrators make it possible for many people to stay active while receiving their oxygen therapy. They also make exercise possible for those who just need extra oxygen while they workout. Either way, if you need to bring in more oxygen than usual, as is the case with yoga, a portable oxygen concentrator is the perfect choice.

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  • Things You Can Do With Modern Portable Oxygen Solutions

    Oxygen therapy has come a long way in how much freedom you can have while receiving it. Here are just a few things you can do today, thanks to advancements in modern oxygen therapy, that you could have never done 10 years ago. There are tips and suggestions to help you do these things, as well.

    Use Your Oxygen Therapy In-Flight

    Many modern portable oxygen concentrators are approved to be used on board a commercial flight, by the Federal Aviation Administration. When a portable oxygen concentrator is approved by the FAA, it means it's been found to be completely safe for everyone on board, and can be completely relied upon to deliver the amount of oxygen needed during the flight.

    Of course, you would need to make sure the portable oxygen concentrator has enough battery power to last the whole time you'll need it during the flight. Every airline has its own set of rules for bringing an oxygen concentrator aboard, including a physician's statement and a certain amount of extra battery power. You must always check with the airline before booking a flight, to make sure you have everything you need.

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  • Portable Oxygen Concentrators for People on the Go

    Portable oxygen concentrators were made for those who want or need to be able to leave home while still receiving the oxygen therapy they need. However, some portable oxygen concentrators do make it easier for you to get around, either because they have better battery power, or they can still deliver a higher flow of oxygen, while being smaller than previous models.

    Portable oxygen concentrators are making it easier for oxygen therapy users to be active. They're a huge leap forward, when previously their only logical alternative for leaving home while receiving oxygen, was with oxygen tanks. With oxygen concentrators, however, you're saving money in the long run. Instead of having oxygen refills delivered to your door step, the oxygen is taken from the air around you. Why order oxygen when you can just use the abundance that is already in the air?

    Some of the best oxygen concentrators for people on the go, are some of the smallest, which can deliver medical grade oxygen at a high purity, with great battery life. Here are some of the smallest that fit into that criteria. As long as the oxygen settings put out enough to meet your oxygen needs, these will be perfect to add to your active lifestyle.

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  • Using Portable Oxygen Therapy While Walking and Jogging

    One of the things portable oxygen concentrators are made for, besides traveling and being able to leave your home while receiving oxygen therapy, is being able to exercise outside the home. Some people with chronic lung diseases don't need oxygen therapy while they are doing normal everyday activities and aren't exerting themselves. Their blood oxygen level manages to stay above the line that would require for them to use an oxygen concentrator every day, normally.

    If you want to be able to go jogging or walking for exercise, around your neighborhood, in a park or a recreation center, you might need to use oxygen therapy if you have a lung disease. This is because when you do a lot of moving, your muscles require more oxygen than normal. If your lungs aren't bringing in enough oxygen to your blood stream, which is usually the case with those who have moderate to severe COPD, you won't be able to supply enough oxygen to your organs and muscles while you exercise. This can be very dangerous and cause an exacerbation, or a flare-up and worsening of your condition and even a stay in the hospital.

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  • Outdoor Exercise this Spring with COPD and Oxygen Therapy

    It's exciting that warmer weather is on its way all around the country. Cabin fever may have set in this winter, but now we can get out and feel more energized and alive in the fresh air and sunshine. Many people enjoy working out and getting physical activity in the outdoors, and can't stand trying to exercise inside on a treadmill or stationary bike. If you have COPD, it really is in your best interest to some exercise either way, and you can start today with your outdoor routine.

    First, you need to check with your doctor before you start doing anything fitness-wise that you haven't done before. He or she will give you the go ahead as long as you can physically handle it, and will most likely give you some advice based on your individual condition and needs. Many patients with COPD are benefited by being outside as long as there isn't a lot of pollution, and if you can get some light exercise.

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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 Fishin' with My Portable Oxygen Concentrator

    Many people love going fishing throughout the year, and it's one of the most popular pastimes in the world. It's a hobby that shouldn't be given up if you are diagnosed with COPD, even if you are one of the more enthusiastic fisherman, who will sit all day waiting for a bite from the biggest fish they've ever caught. People will spend large amounts of money for the best equipment to help them in their fishing ventures, and we don't want you to overspend on your oxygen therapy so you can get the oxygen you need while fishing, and going about life in general.

    One serious fisherman we know is Jerome C., who was diagnosed with severe emphysema 3 years ago, when he was 61. Needless to say, this hasn't set Jerome back at all with his favorite hobby.

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  • Staying Active with the DeVilBiss iFill Personal Oxygen Station

    Continuing on with your life as normal can seem a little harder when you've been diagnosed with a chronic disease such as COPD. If you can keep from being stuck to your couch while using your oxygen therapy, you've just conquered a little part of why COPD feels like a ball and chain. Carl O. has always been active in his community, but now his diagnosis with COPD has inspired him to do even more for others. He wasn't about to let COPD keep him from doing what he's always done.

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