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We are frequently told that for people with COPD exercise is important - it is supposed to strengthen the existing lung tissue - but I wonder, can it do more harm than good?
Damaged lungs, whatever the cause, do not repair themselves but why does COPD become worse? No one seems to have the answer.
I was an asthmatic child and after smoking ten cigarettes a day in my twenties, was diagnosed with COPD. I haven't touched a cigarette for over 40 years. I am now in my late seventies.
Always active, I used to go ballroom dancing three or four nights a week; have always loved gardening and long walks. I have also practised GENTLE yoga exercises and deep breathing. Fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and wholewheat bread with some red meat have been the basis of my diet.
Now in my retirement years, living by the sea (pure air), I have walked along the beach every day, while trying to keep up the gardening etc. This has all become more and more difficult and over the years, my lungs have become steadily worse, in spite of my efforts to do the right things.
So have the experts got it wrong? In the early stages of COPD, should we be resting more and cutting down the exercise, giving the lungs a chance to heal?
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