Taking light exercise
Having COPD can have a big impact on your life. You may find that you aren't able to be as active as you would like to be, or that you easily get tired or out of breath. However, most people with COPD can still do light exercise, which may even help to make you feel better. Walking, light gardening and using light weights to strengthen the upper body can all be helpful for people with COPD. Your doctor may be able to refer you to a pulmonary rehabilitation group, which is an exercise group designed for people with breathing difficulties. It's also a good way to get out of the house and meet people.
Giving up smoking
If you're a smoker, the most important thing to do when you are diagnosed with COPD is to stop smoking. This will stop your lungs being damaged further, and will stop tobacco smoke irritating the lining of the lungs. If you need help to stop smoking you can go to our Help to stop smoking page.
If you are concerned about COPD, talk to your GP.