How to Stay Active With a Lung Condition

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Being diagnosed with such a complex and mysterious lung condition such as pulmonary hypertension (PH), can be extremely devastating, especially if you don’t know what to expect. You may start wondering if you’ll be able to maintain your routine and whether or not you’ll be able to do regular and ordinary daily tasks, like shopping, going out, or even exercising. But even though it may seem crazy, staying active is extremely important for those who live with a lung condition.

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This video from the British Lung Foundation emphasizes the importance of keeping active if you have a chronic lung condition. Pulmonary rehabilitation, which typically includes some sort of exercise program, is recommended for most people who suffer from severe lung diseases like pulmonary hypertension.

This particular video features 67-seven-year-old Margaret, who is a patient with COPD. She explains that although her lung disease does make things difficult, her doctor advised her to try and do as much as she possibly can — even if it takes her a long time, or two or three tries to achieve it. She still takes walks on the beach regularly and enjoys gardening (her favorite pastime!). She has purchased special equipment to help her garden so she doesn’t need to bend over, which can cause breathing problems.

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