Take control of your health and try exercise with portable oxygen concentrators! Portable oxygen concentrator suppliers have the accessories and if you have need, you can exercise and get in great shape while on oxygen therapy.
Portable oxygen concentrators are made for freedom of movement. You can travel with your portable oxygen concentrator and you can even exercise with it. In fact, there are some portable oxygen concentrators that are well suited for exercise and there are some exercises that are perfect for people on oxygen therapy.
We advise everyone who wants to exercise to talk to their doctor BEFORE beginning any exercise routine. Your physicians should give you the okay, before you begin. Explain what kind of exercise you want to do and ask for recommendations for air flow.
Tips to Exercise with Portable Oxygen Concentrators
- Always make sure your concentrator is fully charged before you begin exercising. You wouldn’t want it to stop working in the middle of your work out!
- Always plan to stop working out at least an hour before the battery on your portable oxygen concentrator dies. This will ensure that you will have at least an hour of oxygen during your recovery/cool down period.
- Look for local exercise groups in your area. You can use Facebook, the local library or even your local doctor’s office to find more information about exercise groups for COPD, oxygen therapy patients and others. If you don’t ask you’ll never know!
- Be sure to bring an extra cannula and your carry case.
- Ask for help if you need it.
Best Exercises with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Jogging or Power Walking
The easiest exercise with portable oxygen concentrators is walking or light jogging. You don’t need much to get started. This is out advice for new runners with want to exercise with their portable oxygen concentrators:
- Get fitting for a good pair of running shoes. The shoe is so important! Go to an athletic footwear store and ask for assistance.
- Don’t eat before you run, give it at least 30 minutes.
- Bring lots of water!
- Invest in cannula moisturizer so you won’t get dry nose from heavy breathing.
- Walk first and if you feel up to it, slowly start jogging.
- Cool down with some stretching.
- Be sure to eat a healthy snack after your run.
Again, we must stress that you should not run without speaking to your doctor first. Ask for tips and don’t over do it your first couple of weeks!
Resistance bands are an easy, safe way to exercise your upper body. While working out your upper body you will actually be improving your breathing muscles!
Every resistance band workouts for seniors makes for perfect exercise with portable oxygen concentrators.
Take a look at this guide to resistance band exercises for more information.
Dancing is a fun form of aerobic exercise with portable oxygen concentrators.
Dance studios are the perfect environment to get a little exercise with plenty of access to power for recharging as well as water and cool air to keep you smiling and working out.
Here are some of the more popular dance classes for people with portable oxygen concentrators:
- Ballet based Barre
- Ballroom Dance
- Square Dancing
Visit your local studio to learn more!