Leg exercises can help improve breathing.
It’s important to continue to exercise with COPD, but what kind of exercise is the most beneficial?
It turns out that for many people with COPD, their breathing difficulties limit them from moving around, which may eventually weaken their leg muscles. This weakening of the legs, in turn, can lead to shortness of breath when they do move around.
Studies have shown that isolated lower limb exercises can strengthen the legs and may help improve shortness of breath symptoms and exercise tolerance. Follow up with your doctor on an exercise regimen that is right for you.