• Exercise is very important for people with COPD. Always talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program. Be sure to bring along a fast-acting "reliever" medication whenever you do any physical activity or exercise. Ways exercise helps you manage your COPD: Exercise and staying active can help reduce your shortness of breath.

  • Nutrition is an important part of your COPD management. The benefits of healthy eating include: helping you maintain a healthy weight providing you with more energy making it easier to exercise helping your immune system fight infections All these benefits contribute to improving your lung function.

  • When you're short of breath, even simple tasks can be difficult to do. Consider these tips to help you around the home. 12 quick tips for daily tasks Aerosol products may irritate your airways. Use scent-free, non-aerosol products instead. Avoid bending whenever possible to reduce pressure on your lungs and diaphragm.

  • When you have COPD, every breath counts. One of the main symptoms of COPD is shortness of breath or breathlessness. Follow these proven breathing techniques* to help you get the most out of each breath. 9 steps when you're short of breath Stop and rest in a comfortable position. See the 4 comfortable breathing positions.

  • Smoking causes over 80% of COPD cases. The longer and more heavily you smoke, the higher your risk. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to reduce your risk of COPD and to help manage the condition if you do have COPD. Read these articles to learn more about how to quit: Quitti...

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