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If you have a chest illness, you may be afraid that exercise will make you more breathless, or that being breathless may harm you. This isn’t true! One of the best things you can do to manage your condition is to be as physically active as possible.
Regular exercise will improve your breathing, help ease your symptoms and help you have a better quality of life. It will also increase your strength and general fitness. This will make everyday activities less tiring and less demanding of your energy. Physical activity can also improve your mood.
To improve your activity level you need to be able to stay in control of your breathing. The following tips can help you improve your breathing while being active.
What form of activity you do depends on your condition and symptoms. It is advisable to check with your GP before you start any new programme of activity.
Your doctor who may be able to refer you to a respiratory physiotherapist for individual help / advice or refer you for pulmonary rehabilitation. You might also want to find out about exercise groups in your area for people with the same condition as you. To find out if there is a CHSS Peer Support Group in your area call the Advice Line Nurses on 0808 801 0899.