New Year’s Resolutions for the Medical Oxygen User

Inogen wishes you a very Happy and Healthy New Year. With the onset of 2013, it’s time to set goals and new initiatives for yourself in the form of often-made, seldom-followed “New Year’s Resolutions”. We’ve developed some resolutions for people that use medical oxygen and who suffer from breathing conditions. Share with us on Facebook or Twitter what you’ve chosen for your resolutions and how you’re sticking to them throughout 2013!

No Smoking 1.  Stop Smoking – This resolution is a no-brainer. A popular resolution every January for smokers, quitting smoking is the easiest way to prevent COPD, and it is the best way to slow the progression of COPD if you already have it. If you have an oxygen tank, then quitting smoking should be even more of a no-brainer, but in case you needed another reason to quit: it is incredibly dangerous to have smoke around a medical oxygen tank.

 2.  Go on Spontaneous Trips – One of the greatest gifts that a portable oxygen concentrator offers is the potential to do something unplanned. Enjoy that freedom to pick up and go somewhere. Sometimes the easy choice is to stay at home, but you will be happy that you decided to spend an afternoon out, and those closest to you will be happy as well. If you require medical oxygen and aren’t yet enjoying the freedom of a portable oxygen concentrator, then 2013 is the year to start.

 3.  Connect – Connect with a group or organization of interest. There is great comfort, support, and fun to be had in knowing that you are not the only one living with medical oxygen, a breathing condition, or both. Whether it’s attending an event or making a donation, you’ll feel better after you get involved.

 4.  YogaEat better, Exercise better, Live better -This is a very popular resolution, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make it one of yours and follow through with it. You might think that since you have your oxygen concentrator, the rest is out of your control. But when it comes to diet & exercise, there are a number of things that you can do to make things easier on yourself. Eating better will not only improve your overall health, but by eating certain foods and avoiding others, you can make breathing easier for yourself.

5.  Check In – Check in with the Inogen Blog’s monthly “Fun with Freedom” list and try one item from the list each month. We try to highlight things that you might enjoy, particularly things that maybe could not have previously been accomplished with a larger, more cumbersome oxygen tank.

What are your personal New Year’s Resolutions? Share with us which of these 5 resolutions you’ve decided to adopt, and any others that you might have. Here’s to the Inogen One community breathing easier in 2013.

Photo Credit: No smoking image, flickr, @andyket
Photo Credit: YOGA! July challenge image, flickr, @lululemon athletica

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