If you have shortness of breath in COPD, it’s likely that you also feel a great deal of fatigue. By improving your airflow with breathing positions, pulmonary rehabilitation, and breathing techniques such as pursed lip breathing, you will likely notice you’re not as fatigued. The more efficient you are at getting oxygen into your body and the more effectively your muscles use oxygen, the more you’ll be able to do. Your muscles can learn how to effectively use oxygen with exercise but you may have issues with exercise due to your shortness of breath as well. Practice breathing techniques until they’re second nature so you can easily rely on them when you’re exercising. Start off exercising with what you can do and then improve upon that gradually.
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