Home Care in New Milford CT: 6 Ways Walking Can Help Your Loved One with COPD

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6 Ways Walking Can Help Your Loved One with COPD



Home Care in New Milford CT

Home Care in New Milford CTWhether your loved one has been dealing with COPD for a while or has just been recently diagnosed, his doctor has likely recommended some form of exercise to help him stay healthy. One of the easiest exercises that your loved one can start out with is walking. Always talk to your loved one's doctor before beginning a new exercise plan.

Helps with Lung Fitness

Your loved one's lungs take a beating from COPD, so anything that helps them to function more effectively is good for your loved one. Walking helps to work the large muscle groups in your body, such as your arms, your legs, and your lungs. So it's the perfect activity to help build up lung stamina for your loved one with COPD.

Counteracts Depression

Depression is all too common for people with COPD. It could kick in because your loved one worries about being unable to breathe or that his life will be shortened. It could also kick in because he's unable to do some of the things that he's always loved to do. Regardless, walking is something that releases calming, happy chemicals called endorphins into your loved one's body.

Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Having COPD is really stressful and can cause some severe anxiety for your loved one. That feeling of being unable to breathe is scary, and your loved one may spend more time than he wants to admit worrying that each breath could be his last. Walking helps to reduce anxiety as your loved one's body releases more endorphins that balance out the adrenaline and the scary feelings.

Helps Blood Pressure

Often people who have COPD have other issues, such as high blood pressure. Walking is a great way to get your loved one's blood flowing and help to get those blood pressure levels down into more normal ranges. Your loved one's doctor may have specific guidelines about how much and how long he wants your loved one to walk in order to improve blood pressure.

Helps Maintain or Lose Weight

If your loved one is overweight at all, it can be difficult to get started with any exercise routine. Walking is easy and it doesn't require any special equipment in order to get started. If your loved one doesn't have any excess weight to lose, walking isn't going to make him drop a ton of weight. In fact, he could end up gaining needed pounds from pure muscle.

Helps with Sleep

Often when your loved one has trouble with sleep, it's because he's not as active as he should be during the day. Walking regularly is just enough exercise to get your loved one's heart rate up and lungs working while being able to sleep easier at night.

Work with your loved one's medical team and home care providers to develop a walking plan that is just right for your loved one's ability levels.

Source
http://www.webmd.com/lung/copd/tc/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-overview
http://www.webmd.com/lung/copd/news/20140305/2-mile-daily-walk-might-help-fight-copd
http://copd.about.com/od/livingwithcopd/tp/Exercise.htm
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-10-copd-easy.html

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in New Milford, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.

Jim Crossett, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Danbury
Jim Crossett, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Danbury

Our entire staff at SYNERGY HomeCare wishes to extend our warmest welcome to you and your family as you search for the best home care services for your loved one in need.


I am Jim Crossett, president of SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, Connecticut. From our conveniently located office, we serve the residents of Fairfield County including the areas of Danbury, Ridgefield, Redding, New Milford and Southbury.


As you begin your selection process for the perfect living assistance for you senior family member, you are joining the ranks of many concerned children searching for non-medical in-home help. The Danbury area is home to many senior citizens and their families who are looking for a method of care that allows them to stay in the comfort of their residence. Your elderly loved one means a great deal to you and you will not be satisfied with anything but the best for them. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we go beyond your expectations and exceed the high standards you have set for their proper care.

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