Always consult your doctor before starting any exercise program. The following are basic suggestions for
individuals who have been approved to exercise under the supervision of a doctor or pulmonary
rehabilitation professional. This is not intended as medical advice.
There are a wide range of features and levels
of quality found in home exercise equipment,
and there are special considerations when you
have COPD. Its tempting to shop at a garage
sale or thrift store for inexpensive equipment,
but thats not always the best way to get the
right equipment for you.
Here are a few things to consider before you
go out and shop for a treadmill for home use:
- Make sure your treadmill is motorized. If you
have COPD, its too hard to walk on a
treadmill that requires you to push the belt
- Get a treadmill that has the capability to run
at a slow speed. When you have COPD,
effective exercise is not about speed, but
endurance. If your treadmill can go as slow as
0.6 MPH, thats great. If not, 0.8 MPH will
give most people with severe COPD a nice
warm-up and plenty of room to go faster if
theyre able. Note: If your treadmill displays
both miles and kilometers per hour, make
sure you know what setting it is on.
- Make sure your treadmill will run at a flat
level, with no uphill grade. Its good to have
the option of adjusting the grade at a slight
incline if youre able.
- Try to get a treadmill with a padded walking
surface. This makes a big difference in the
comfort of your feet and how tired you
- Choose a treadmill with an emergency shut
off. This way if you trip and fall, the treadmill
will automatically stop, giving you a chance
to get up and dust yourself off from a surface
thats not moving.
- Look for equipment with sidebars for balance
in addition to a support bar in front of you.
Treadmill tips: Position your treadmill so that
as you walk you can look out a window with an
interesting view, watch TV or listen to music.
Reading and eating while on the treadmill are
not recommended! Looking up and looking
around while maintaining a firm (not tight)
grip on the rails will help you keep your
Money-saving tip: Home exercise equipment
can be costly no doubt about it. Watch for
sales at the beginning of the new year and ask if
there is a payment plan available. Some stores
offer same as cash no interest payment plans if
the full amount is paid off within one year. They
want your business, and it never hurts to ask.