A challenging disease to manage, chronic bronchitis can lower your quality of life and make everyday tasks difficult to manage. Thankfully, a combination of medical intervention, healthy activity, and regular exercise can make a significant different and improve your health and
So what is it and what exercises can you undertake to make a real difference to the years ahead?
What is Chronic Bronchitis?
A form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis is a viral infection that affects your lung’s airways. This causes inflammation that can cause the airways of your lungs to contract, limiting the amount of air you can take in your lungs and causing irritation. Without this air, your body can suffer from a lack of oxygen which can result in tiredness, light-headedness, and reduced capacity to suffer from infusion.
Chronic bronchitis most commonly manifests as a heavy cough that is present for 2-3 months of the year and manifests for two months or more. The irritation then results in the production of excessive mucus which blocks the airways and produces discomfort as your body tries to remove the fluid.
This is common in the winter or following a chest infection or significant illness. Thankfully, there are a number of exercises that can help with your health
What Exercises Can I Try?
When it comes to managing your exercise, it is vital to take your diagnosis into consideration. This can be given by your doctor and regularly monitored with disposable spo2 sensors, allowing you to stay on top of your condition and choose a pathway that is right for you.
Acute bronchitis requires sufferers to avoid exercise for the duration of the disease. The drop-off following recovery will also have a short-term effect on your personal health, limiting the amount of exercise you can and should undertake. This should involve graduated exercise and only build in intensity at a minimum of two weeks after recovery.
Given the prolonged nature of chronic bronchitis, it becomes more important to regularly stay fit and healthy. Regular exercise is key to a course of treatment and undertaking a regimen of the following – and fully validating them with your doctor – can help bring benefit to you day to day life.
Intermittent Exercise: Also known as ‘interval’ training, this involves shortened sets of exercise lasting no more than 2 minutes to provide benefit while avoiding shortness of breath. This should ideally involve a combination of cardiovascular training and stretches or weight training.
Breath Exercise: The use of controlled breathing can help build lung capacity and keep your airways active. Carrying out diaphragmatic exercises, controlled breathing, cyclical breathing, and other routines can help increase or sustain lung capacity and help induce calm and bring down pulse rate and inhalation.
Developing and regularly reviewing a routine can help sustain your health and make sure that your recovery time is as short as possible alongside improving overall quality of life.