- Sit or stand in a comfortable position, with your elbows positioned slightly back. This position allows your chest to expand more fully.
- Take a deep breath and hold it for as long as you can.
- Let the air out and then cough strongly.
- Repeat these steps up to 10 times every hour.
How can I increase my lung function if I have COPD?
Exercise, especially aerobic exercise, can: Improve your circulation and help the body better use oxygen. Improve your COPD symptoms. Build energy levels so you can do more activities without becoming tired or short of breath.
Is there any breathing exercises for COPD?
According to the COPD Foundation, there are two effective breathing techniques for COPD: pursed-lip breathing and diaphragmatic “abdominal” breathing. Both breathing exercises require practice, relaxation, and concentration to help you create a healthy flow of oxygen that travels through your lungs and airways.
Can breathing exercises reverse COPD?
The COPD Foundation mentions that “exercise cannot reverse lung disease but it can reverse de-conditioning and improve your quality of life.”