Keeping Fit While Using Portable Oxygen
If you are beginning oxygen therapy, you may focus your attention on the way a portable, easy-to-use oxygen concentrator aids in your breathing and delivers an extra measure of independence. But there are other advantages to this therapy: the ability to remain active is just one of them. Check out one of the newest POC's from Invacare that is packed with features and benefits helping you stay mobile!
- Convertible carrying bag for messenger, handbag or backpack style carrying.
- Simple, sealed interface operates with only 4 large, LCD back-lit buttons.
- Easily load batteries at the top of the unit without taking the bag off.
- Hot swap batteries let you switch batteries without turning unit off.
- HEPA filter positioned on outside of unit for easy access.
If your oxygen need is due to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), exercise can increase the oxygen flow to your muscles and organs, enhancing your overall health and aiding in your therapy – not to mention the advantages of a stronger body.
You Can Exercise While on Oxygen
Your exercise regimen for long-term oxygen therapy begins with a talk with your doctor, who can help you determine workouts that provide benefits without putting you at undue risk or interfering with oxygen delivery.
Simple aerobic exercise boosts your heart rate gradually and helps deliver the oxygen to your bloodstream. Some of the more common workouts for people on oxygen therapy include walking, use of a treadmill and water aerobics.
If you would rather work your way up to aerobics, you may ask your doctor about starting a “sit and be fit” program. These exercises include:
- Flexibility training contributes to better posture and enhanced range of motion. Neck stretches, shoulder rotations and calf-muscle flexing can all be done from a seated position.
- Strength training will condition you to walk, swim or perform other aerobics out of a chair. A set of 5 lb. or 10 lb. weights will build upper body strength, while stretchy resistance bands are a fun alternative that you can tailor to your current abilities.
With a portable oxygen unit, exercise is easy! Just make sure to check with your doctor first before starting any new program.