Can I exercise with COPD?

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Can I exercise with COPD? Is a frequently asked question from patients. It takes more energy, but it is certainly possible. Read more about it here!

You have been diagnosed with COPD. You may wonder whether you can exercise with COPD. At first this seems like an impossible task, but virtually nothing is impossible. It does take a lot more energy, because it is harder to breathe. There is a good chance that you will become frustrated, especially if you were previously able to move (almost) without any problems. With a lung condition you become short of breath more quickly and exercising takes more energy and time. Yet you can certainly exercise with COPD. It is even healthy for you to exercise enough. It is not an easy path, but the satisfaction you get from it and all the benefits that exercise has are more than worth it.

Exercise and sports with COPD under the guidance of a physiotherapist

It has been scientifically proven that the best form of therapy for COPD is physiotherapy. If you want to exercise and exercise with COPD, it is best to start this with one of our physiotherapists. Our physio will investigate your complaints and their consequences. A personal program is drawn up based on what you can currently do and what you want to be able to do in the future. During the day the COPD treatment With us in Tilburg, both fitness and muscles are trained and strengthened. In the beginning this will take more effort and cause a lot of frustration, but you will notice that you are making progress each time. 

Benefits of exercise with COPD

  • Your lungs deteriorate less
  • You have a smaller chance of lung attacks
  • Your lung complaints may decrease
  • Your condition will improve
  • You are less likely to feel short of breath

And there are even more benefits if you decide to exercise with COPD. Of course, you don't have to think about top sports performance. Walking around the block can also be a good workout, especially if you can't do it yet without being completely out of breath. Every COPD patient starts with a different condition at our physio practice. We will challenge you at your level through a tailor-made exercise plan.

What sports can you do with COPD?

All sports are possible, even if you have COPD. One sport just requires more effort, strength and energy than another sport. Cycling, running, yoga, gardening, cardio, swimming, boxing: you can (continue to) perform any sport. Every form of exercise is something and it is up to you to see which sport(s) you prefer to do. Moreover, you know best which sport you can do and which form of exercise may (now) be too intensive for you. If you have any doubts, you can always consult your physiotherapist, who will be happy to think along with you and provide good breathing tips.

Do the sport you love again

Have you stopped exercising for a while because you have COPD? Then it's a great time to pick this up again! For extensive advice and expertise about exercise with COPD, it is best to contact our physiotherapists. We are happy to work with you to achieve your sports goals. Make an appointment by calling/texting +31 (0)13 543 58 41 or send an email to We look forward to seeing your request appear with us physiotherapist in Tilburg.

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