New Year’s Resolutions With COPD for 2015

What do you hope to change in 2015? What resolution is going to make you happier and healthier? People with COPD always have challenges in front of them. Inogen has provided a list of COPD New Years Resolutions in order to breathe and live better next year.

Take More Walks

Exercise is one of the best ways for COPD Patients to limit exacerbations and get their lungs working to their full potential. Walking for at least 30 minutes has countless benefits, including:

  • Maintaining body weight, reducing risk of obesity
  • Improving breathing
  • Enhancing mental well-being
  • Reducing the risk of osteoporosis

Eat More Foods With Antioxidants

Antioxidants offer benefits to anyone, but are especially beneficial to people with COPD. Foods like blackberries, sweet potatoes, and pecans counteract inflammation and are unlikely to cause bloating or gas. Bloating puts pressure on the diaphragm that no one with COPD can afford to have, and complicates breathing as a result.

Other benefits of antioxidants include: reduce the risk of heart disease, boost immune system, and reverse memory loss.

Take Longer Trips

Take longer trips in 2015. Whether that is a longer trip out to the grocery store, or a longer trip across the country to see loved ones, Inogen makes it possible to go where you want for as long as you want.

Inogen’s portable oxygen concentrators run on batteries that last up to 8 hours, and a car charger can extend that even further.

There’s no place like home for the holidays, but make 2015 the year where you go where you please.

Clean Up the Air 

Better breathing starts with your own body and oxygen concentrator, but it doesn’t end there. Your environment plays an important role in your breathing.

We tend to think of polluted air as only being outside, but the EPA reminds us that indoor air can be two to five times worse than outdoor air in terms of pollution and quality. Luckily there are measures to take to make the air around you in your own home better. They include:

  • Cutting out harmful candles
  • Keeping your distance from printers
  • Staying away from pressed wood furniture
  • Painting walls with paints that are low VOC
  • Buying plants that rid the air of carbon monoxide and other chemicals

For outdoors, the steps to improving the air aren’t as direct, but are no less worthwhile. Learn what grades your county has received for air quality. If you find them to be unsatisfactory, learn how you can make a difference in policy in order to get stricter air quality regulation.

Take Deeper Breaths

Anyone with COPD knows that breathing is not to be underestimated. Studies show that deep breathing can keep stress and anxiety down, improve mood, and ensure that lungs are functioning at full capacity. All this results in a lesser risk of COPD flare-ups. Deep breaths are especially important when you start to feel short of breath.

If you don’t know where to turn to get started with breathing exercises, consider seeing a lung health therapist or a pulmonologist.

For Caregivers: Identify Positive Changes

Help a loved one with COPD identify positive changes he/she would like to make in life, maybe even one of the resolutions above. Develop a step-by -step plan on how to achieve that change in 2015.

Share with us YOUR resolutions and the best ones will be featured on our blog and Facebook. Happy New Year!

 

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