Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.

It includes:

  •  emphysema – damage to the air sacs in the lungs
  •  chronic bronchitis – long-term inflammation of the airways

Bronchiectasis - a long-term condition where the airways of the lungs become abnormally widened, leading to a build-up of excess mucus that can make the lungs more vulnerable to infection

COPD is a common condition that mainly affects middle-aged or older adults who smoke. Many people do not realise they have it.

The breathing problems tend to get gradually worse over time and can limit your normal activities, although treatment can help keep the condition under control.  Adults above the age of 35 who are smoker or ex-smoker are more likely to be living with breathing problems

Exercise itself cannot reverse COPD, but it can change the way you feel, breathe, and function.

We want to help you to make exercise a part of your daily routine. Exercise training can reduce the symptoms of breathlessness on exertion, build stronger muscles and improve exercise tolerance which will lead to a better quality of life. It will also enable you to stay independent and achieve all your daily activities.  Keep it up at least three days a week.

Exercise cannot reverse lung disease but it can reverse de-conditioning and improve your quality of life.

If your health care professional has told you to use oxygen with activity, you should also use oxygen with exercise. Your usual oxygen flow rate (the number you set on your oxygen machine) may not be enough for you during exercise. Ask your health care provider how to set your oxygen for exercise.

Here at Redditch Borough Council we are working with the Worcestershire Pulmonary Rehab team to bring you a continuous sustainable community class, with a qualified instructor who is passionate about health.

The class is Tuesdays 12pm at Oakenshaw Community Centre, it costs £3.30.

To take part just turn up and have a chat with the instructor, she will be able to give you advise about how to start getting physical active.

If you would like any further information please contact Hayley Gwilliam on 01527 881404 or email Hayley Gwilliam