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Russell Winwood, Author at New Life Outlook

About Russell

Russell Winwood was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1966. From a young age he suffered from chronic asthma, which was not always managed properly. As time went by life’s pressures resulted in some poor lifestyle choices, in particular smoking cigarettes.

At the age of 36 Russell suffered what doctors determined to be either a stroke or seizure; scans were inconclusive. This event started a shift in thinking, and Russell decided exercise and a healthy lifestyle should replace smoking and excessive drinking.

He completed a number of triathlons and cycling events, and then decided to focus on reaching his dream of completing an Ironman event, which consists of a 3.8km swim followed by 180km bike ride, finished off with a 42.2km run.

But during his Ironman training he was constantly succumbing to chest infections and was very short of breath. While asthma had been his constant companion, what he was experiencing now was different, and it was very limiting!

Late in 2011 Russell was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), with his lung function at 22%. For a while, exercise and Ironman racing were the last thing on his mind.

Russell’s dream didn’t vanish with his diagnosis though, and through targeted exercise programs specific to his respiratory disease Russell has completed three Ironman events since being diagnosed with COPD. With such a low lung function, he has proven that there are ways to achieve a better quality of life through exercise.

Russell's Work

How to Continue Working With COPD

How to Continue Working With COPD

There are many things to consider when deciding whether you will keep working with COPD. If you decide you want to continue, consider making these changes.
by Russell Winwood on January 15, 2019
How to Avoid Getting a Cold With COPD

How to Avoid Getting a Cold With COPD

If you are healthy, you are able to fight cold and flu easily. However, getting a cold with COPD can exacerbate symptoms and can be dangerous.
by Russell Winwood on January 8, 2019
Pulmonary Rehabilitation for COPD

How Can Pulmonary Rehabilitation Help COPD Patients?

Many are unaware of the importance of pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD and finding a program that’s right for them to get the treatment they need.
by Russell Winwood on December 4, 2018
Quality of Life With COPD

Three Tips to Help Improve Your Quality of Life With COPD

Russell shares his own tips on how to improve your quality of life with COPD. From finding reliable support to getting yourself and your life organized.
by Russell Winwood on October 16, 2018
Complications of COPD

Six Possible Complications of COPD to Be Aware Of

COPD is a complex disease with a range of complications that vary from person to person. Here are six possible complications of COPD to be aware of.
by Russell Winwood on September 25, 2018
Things to Avoid With COPD

Three Things to Avoid With COPD

There may be some habits in your daily life that are contributing to your COPD symptoms. Here are three things to avoid with COPD.
by Russell Winwood on September 12, 2018
COPD Triggers

25 Common COPD Triggers to Be Aware Of

It’s important to avoid COPD triggers that may cause flare-ups. However, before we can know how to avoid triggers, we have to know what our triggers are.
by Russell Winwood on August 14, 2018
Lifestyle Changes to Make Living With COPD Easier

Five Lifestyle Changes to Make Living With COPD Easier

A lack of energy can make daily living with COPD a huge challenge, but there are steps you can take to boost your energy and improve quality of life.
by Russell Winwood on August 1, 2018

COPD and You: Taking Ownership of Your Disease

Taking ownership of your disease and personalizing it as “my COPD" may give you the ownership and responsibility you need to take care of yourself and COPD.
by Russell Winwood on July 24, 2018
COPD and Allergies

Tips for Coping With COPD and Allergies

If you're suffering from COPD and allergies, there are a few ways to avoid or prevent an allergic reaction and reduce your chances of a COPD exacerbation.
by Russell Winwood on July 5, 2018
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