3 Easiest Exercises to Do With Your Inogen One Oxygen Concentrator

couple walkingIf you’re like most people, you switched to a portable oxygen concentrator (POC) like the Inogen One G3 because it afforded you the freedom and independence that your home oxygen concentrator didn’t. Whereas once you were tied down to a cumbersome, stationary unit with endless miles of tubing, you’re now free to travel where you want, when you want, or simply fill your days at home doing the things you missed out on before you went portable. If exercise is something that’s important to you and you’re ready to transition into fitness mode, you’ll be happy to know that the Inogen One G3 makes an excellent workout partner!

Not only is the Inogen One G3 one of the lightest exercise companions you’ll ever meet, it’s also one of the smallest. At only 4.8 pounds and 7.25 inches high, you can easily see why the Inogen One G3 makes exercising with oxygen so simple. But don’t take my word for it – try it yourself! Here are 3 of the easiest forms of exercise that can be done while using your Inogen One:

A Walk a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Walking is #1 on my list because it’s low-impact and one of the most trouble-free ways to exercise using portable oxygen. It doesn’t require any special equipment, a gym membership or a workout partner! You can walk virtually anywhere you want, for as little – or as long – as you like. You can start slow – 5 to 10 minutes at a time, 2 to 3 times a day – and work your way up to longer walks. A recent study out of Spain found that walking just 1.86 miles per day reduces the risk of hospitalization for COPD exacerbation.1 A Taiwan study found that walking just 15 minutes a day adds 3 years to your life.2 Remember, if you’re sensitive to environmental irritants that are abundant in outdoor air, grab your Inogen One and walk around your local mall or at home on a treadmill.

Sit and Get Fit

Some folks with lung disease have a limited ability to exercise but understand the importance of incorporating daily movement into their treatment plan. Let me introduce you to chair exercising! Chair exercises are designed to improve strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. They can be adapted to your fitness level and are easy to do in the comfort of your own home with the Inogen One G3 at your side. If you’re new to chair exercising, try the Energizer Chair Workout from Sit and Be Fit. Or, try these chair exercises for older adults adapted from the National Institute on Aging, Tufts University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Resurrect Your Exercise Bike

If that rusty, ol’ exercise bike of yours has been collecting dust in your garage for the last 10 years, there’s no better time than now to bring it back to life. WebMD says that riding a stationary bike is a great choice of exercise for someone with back, knee or joint problems.3 It’s also easy to use with your Inogen One G3. Be careful though, with an exercise bike, bad weather is no longer a good excuse not to exercise!

There are 3 basic types of stationary bikes; which you choose will depend upon your fitness level and physical limitations.

  • Stationary bikewith this type of bike, your legs peddle, but your arms remain stationary. You can peddle using no resistance, or add resistance to make your workout a bit more challenging.
  • Air resistance bike – if you want a more demanding workout, you may prefer an air resistance bike. With this style of bike, you peddle with your legs but your arms move as well. The resistance isn’t set like it is with a stationary bike, but comes from air being pulled into the front wheel of the bike that resembles a big electric fan.
  • Recumbent bike – if you prefer sitting back with your back supported when you ride a stationary bike, you’ll love the recumbent bike. Instead of the peddles being directly underneath you, they’re in front of you allowing you to stretch your legs out more comfortably. Some people fancy the recumbent bike because it’s easier on the knees.

Remember: Before you start an exercise program, first check with your doctor to make sure you’re healthy enough to exercise.

 

Author: Deborah Leader RN, BSN, PHN

 

1 Cristóbal Esteban, et. al. Influence of changes in physical activity on frequency of hospitalization in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Respirology. DOI: 10.1111/resp.12239
2 Chi Pang Wen MD, et. al. Minimum amount of physical activity for reduced mortality and extended life expectancy: a prospective cohort study. The Lancet – 1 October 2011 ( Vol. 378, Issue 9798, Pages 1244-1253 )
DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60749-6.
3 WebMD. Fitness Basics: The Exercise Bike is Back. Reviewed March 17, 2006.

 

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