Treadmill exersise with copd

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hope you are all good I was told I have mild to modarate copd don't need any medication at the moment I work 4 hrs a day as a domestic in a hospital so always on the go just wondering if anyone is using a treadmill for exersise and how often they use it ?

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    Hi zoo zoo,

    I do treadmill exercise several times a week and am hoping to add some upper body exercises. I have no trouble doing 30 min., but try not to push just yet. Feels good! I recommend.

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      Will you be doing this at home or at the gym? If at the gym I would ask a fitness trainer to help. However, I am not a medical professional, so I hesitate to give you specifics. I myself have started at the 3.0 speed with no inclines. Most machines have a quick start program so you just put in the level you want. If you are really out of shape, start at 2.0 slowly and build up. Again, I don't want to give you medical advice so you should ask your doctor first. If you get breathless, decrease the speed or stop! I wish you the best!
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    Hi ,I have copd ,asthma Bronchietis ,emphasyma, after doing the pulmary rehab course in 2008  twice a week for 8 weeks ,,I continued exersising at the same gym where the pr course is ,I  attend on the same day as the course ,,,so if I have a problem the nurses are only in the next room, 

    i use the treadmill ,and the bike and the rower and the hand bike ,I've built up to 3klm on the treadmil ,and 3 Klm on the handbike ,the rower I'm upto 1000meters ,over the years I gave had many set backs ,ie; chest infections ,sometimes meaning hospital stays,but I always aim to get back into the gym ,that's always my goal, obviously I don't always manage to do all the above workouts ,but I always start on the treadmill ,and see if I feel ok to go onto another machine, I'm aged 69 ,my first admission to hospital was for a severe asthma attack back in 1992, that was when I also had my first chest infection, my hubby over the following years used to say ,,,,leave that ,,,I'll do it ,,you will get short of breath ,,,so I sat back and let him do it,,,,,big mistake as I found out when I was first introduced to the copd specialist nurses ( who run the PR course) it was then my life changed ,that was 2008 ,last year was a complete right off for me ,,,,due mainly nit being able to exersise due to two falls where I broke bones that had to be operated on ,,,,I got over one ,,,then another fall ,hahah , then it was found I had problems with my blood pressure hence the falls ,that's all now sorted ,so after a bad bout of flu in january this  year ,,,,I got back in the gym and yesterday I did ,,2klm on the bike and 2 Klm on the treadmill ,not bad for my age,over the years I gave done the pr course several times after severe chest infecyptions ,,so I have met many people who gave done the course but they have never followed up by exersiseing ,exersise is the key to managing copd ,so in answer to your question ( apologies for going on but wanted you to know life is still good with copd )YES I USE THE TREADMILL ,I wish you well ,and happy walking ,

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    I have COPD to the extent that only 40% of my lungs work. I would be careful using a treadmill or any other exercise equipment, but saying that, if you feel comfatable doing this then go for it. Even though, once you have COPD, no matter whether its mild or severe, you probably will not get that lung function back, but I have been told that by exercising its possible to slow the process down dramatically at times.

    Good health to you and take care exercising.

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