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Why Do The Excersie Precautions Say To Avoid Push-ups, Sit-ups, And Isometric Exercises?

A MyCOPDTeam Member


I am new here. Was recently diagnosed by my primary care doc with copd at 50. I really do not have any symptoms. I am not out of breath and she prescribed inhalers. Should I use a daily inhaler if I am not out of breath?

Also, I read that we are supposed to avoid push-ups, sit-ups, and isometric exercises. For the life of me I cannot find any explanation as to why we should avoid these? Any input is greatly appreciated.

posted February 28, 2018
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A MyCOPDTeam Member

That is great to hear that you share the chores.....not everyone does that...sure didn't happen in my family....I did everything and my ex just sat on his ass and drank or was out at the bar and fooling around....put up with that crap way too long.....anyway happy to hear you are moving more now....I will be glad when it warms up here so I can get out with Buddy and go for our hour long walks....in the meantime I use my bike inside for my exercise. Hope all is well and that you are getting your new home all sorted out....take care

posted March 19, 2022
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When I was serving in the Army. I exercised regularly. I did two tours in Vietnam and in the high elevations of South Korea. That does not include, the 12 years I was assigned to Europe and back when Berlin was still divided, as was most of Germany and the Russians were placed to attack Europe. Or so we were told?
Exercise was a way of life. It was a must. Today, I exercise very little, and it shows. When things need to be done. It has become very difficult to accomplish those items / chores/ activities.
No excuse, just plain old laziness.
Now I get off my chair at least once an hour and do something. When I get tired, I sit, recover, get up and keep on doing whatever needs to be done.
Example: Last night we had my sister- in- law over for dinner. Merry, did the cooking, we ate and I did the clean up. That surprised my sister-in-law. however, that is routine for us. We share the work as much as we can, She's 73 and I'm 79. We may not be spring chickens however we are not dead yet!
Note: We talk about taking a walk in the am. We have access to a whole range of activities from a gym, pool, exercise programs.
We just moved into our new home and are still re-arranging and setting up whatever is needed to make our home comfortable. Now that is exercise!😝

posted March 18, 2022
A MyCOPDTeam Member

@A MyCOPDTeam Member, agreed!!!.. I read everything available on my condition and ask my Dr's a myriad of questions on anything new OR any effects noticed when using my meds... Being informed is one of THE best things we can do, aside from having a positive attitude, which always wins the day.. And yes, the group rocks!!!!... Have a breathe easy day...

posted June 25, 2019
A MyCOPDTeam Member

Back here again reading old posts. I hope the op is doing well and understands how to use the meds now. When I am prescribed new meds, I not only want thorough understanding of how to use them but I also ask a lot of why questions to get a fuller understanding. Most doctors I know don't mind giving you detailed info so you can use your meds to your best benefit. Another thing (just a reminder) don't trust everything you read no matter how credible the source appears, especially online. I feel better doing extensive research and using advise from trusted knowledgeable physicians. Of course I tend to trust many of the people on this forum because I know if someone makes a mistake there will be others to quickly clarify the statement appropriately with the purpose of offering help to others. I've learned a lot from this group and appreciate it very much.

posted June 25, 2019
A MyCOPDTeam Member

Vicki G....You answered my question that when bending I loose my breath!

posted June 8, 2019
A MyCOPDTeam Member

I've never heard anything about avoiding those exercises. I wish I still did them. I'm known for walking to the bus stop, but I lean against light poles instead of sitting for a rest since I just got arthritis.

posted April 20, 2019
A MyCOPDTeam Member

Just too clarify the last statement about inhalers... There are both emergency inhalers and maintenance inhalers. Maintenance inhalers are long term acting while emergency inhalers are just as described - short term emergency. Thanks for the info on sleep apnea in possible relation to copd. I've been wondering about this lately and have plans to check with my doctor a next appointment.

posted January 19, 2019
A MyCOPDTeam Member

Congratulations! Quitting smoking was the best thing you did!! Now make an appt with a pulmonary Dr. and get a breathing test for COPD. If you are at the firtst stages, you will not feel out of breath so much and exercise is great, especially if you are working out at much as you said. Most inhalers are for emergency use and you should be shown how to use them. I don't know what kind of Dr. woud just prescribe them with no instructions. Sleep anpnea usually comes with the COPD but now always. If you did the sleep test, that would tell if you stopped breathing during the night. Many people have it and never know it or do anything about it. Good luck, breathe easy. Prayers and hugs to you. God Bless.

posted January 17, 2019
A MyCOPDTeam Member

Response to the sit-up exercise question may be because the increased pressure on your diaphragm makes it harder for your lungs to expand when you breathe in. This can make you breathless. Personally where I lose breath the quickest is bending..which again puts pressure on your lungs.

posted January 16, 2019
A MyCOPDTeam Member

The spacer is needed you can get a bag of them at the pharmacy or just get them from the doctors office. I also walk all the time when I can, I do daily breathing treatments and use oxygen when needed. I work full time luckily I sit at my job so that helps a lot. I do walk around my college where I work. Sit up squeeze your lungs and for me that hurts.

posted January 16, 2019

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