• Exercise is very important for people with COPD. Always talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program. Be sure to bring along a fast-acting "reliever" medication whenever you do any physical activity or exercise. Ways exercise helps you manage your COPD: Exercise and staying active can help reduce your shortness of breath.

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  • Nutrition is an important part of your COPD management.

  • When you're short of breath, even simple tasks can be difficult to do. Consider these tips to help you around the home.

  • When you have COPD, every breath counts. One of the main symptoms of COPD is shortness of breath or breathlessness.Breathing techniques may be helpful during these times. Before trying them out, ask your health care provider whether they are appropriate for you and have them demonstrate the proper technique.

  • Smoking causes over 80% of COPD cases. The longer and heavier you smoke, the higher your risk. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to reduce your risk of COPD and to help manage the condition if you do have COPD.

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