- DO be sure to carry any sprays or inhalers with you when you exercise as advised by your health care professional.
- DO always warm up. Begin with some gentle movements to warm up your muscle and prepare your body for exercise.
- DO work at your own level. Here are some symptoms you will experience when exercising at a moderate level. These are normal.
- Your heart will beat a bit faster.
- You will breathe more quickly and deeply, but you should still be able to manage short sentences.
- You will feel warmer.
- You will sweat more.
- DO finish with a cool down. Gentle stretches as your body cools down.
- DO include some breathing exercises (For more information please see our section on How to clear your chest with breathing techniques).
- DON’T exercise if you feel unwell, sick, get dizzy or experience pain? STOP. If your symptoms don’t settle or if they come back later see your doctor.
- DON’T give up on exercising. Build up gradually and keep a regular routine of rest and exercise for your self management of COPD.
- DON’T let the great Scottish weather put you off. There are lots of activities and exercises you can do at home or indoors.