Looking for breathing and lung strengthening exercise videos

Posted by marianm44 @marianm44, Jul 24 5:02pm

I was on this page several days ago and somehow was led to videos with breathing and lung strengthening exercises. A woman with short grey hair and blue shirt. I don’t remember how I got there. I want to continue these exercises. Anyone know where I need to go. Searches are not getting me there. Thanks.

No. The only thing my pulmonologist suggested was an Acapella and Breo. I’m trying to develop a plan for myself.

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@marianm44

No. The only thing my pulmonologist suggested was an Acapella and Breo. I’m trying to develop a plan for myself.

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@marianm44– How can I help with this? Do you have any directions from your pullmonologist?

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@marianm44

I apologize to you. I thought the video included in the message was for the link. You were correct that the link went to the videos I was looking for. Should have followed the link. I’ve tried to do all of her exercises at least every other day. With COVID isolation I need all the lung and strength building I can do. Thought once I adapted to them, then I’d add indoor bike riding. Think a gradual build up is important especially at my age. I live in a mountain community and there is nowhere to walk without many hills or driving 15 miles. I so appreciate all your help. I’ll try to be thorough in my research next time before seeking your help.

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@marianm44– I'd love to invite my fellow mentor, @sueinmn who has struggled with this for years.

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You might consider seeking a certified respiratory trainer. We all have seen, and know the basic 4 or 5 lung strengthening exercises. I saw on the web (I have no knowledge of this product nor do I recommend it) It is marketed by respiratory trainer – I show it only as an avenue for you toconsider if you want to go an extra step and investigate this type of item:
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@marianm44

I apologize to you. I thought the video included in the message was for the link. You were correct that the link went to the videos I was looking for. Should have followed the link. I’ve tried to do all of her exercises at least every other day. With COVID isolation I need all the lung and strength building I can do. Thought once I adapted to them, then I’d add indoor bike riding. Think a gradual build up is important especially at my age. I live in a mountain community and there is nowhere to walk without many hills or driving 15 miles. I so appreciate all your help. I’ll try to be thorough in my research next time before seeking your help.

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"on the bike," try using a bike (preferably a combatant) that is programmed. It will allow you to start off with as little resistance as appropriate, and also allow you to progress to you maximum level. The recumbent bike is easier on your back than standard bike.
Still. I'll bet an excursion tour your countryside has a great deal to say for itself.

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@marianm44

No. The only thing my pulmonologist suggested was an Acapella and Breo. I’m trying to develop a plan for myself.

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@marianm44 Hello and welcome to Mayo Connect. As you have already seen,there is a very helpful group here.

As for breathing exercises, it looks like you have now located the clip you were interested in. My own exercises are limited to use of the Acapella or Aerobika resistance vibratory device, "huff" coughing after saline nebs to clear the mucus and brisk walking to build my lung capacity. I hope to get back on my bicycle after my thumb heals from recent surgery so I have another exercise option.

As for Breo, my husband & I both found it terribly irritating to the throat and vocal chords, it actually took our voices away. After consultation with a new pulmonologist last year, we were switched to Flovent which is milder & seems to work just as well.

Finally, you are correct in your assessment of the antibiotic treatment for MAC being very difficult to tolerate for many people. After 18 months, we stopped mine in December, even though my sputum cultures still showed MAC because the antibiotics were making me sick and exhausted. I have been doing fine and feeling fine on 7% saline nebs plus airway clearance.

7% saline has been shown in studies to be inhospitable to the growth of the MAC bacteria, so even though I don't think of it as a cure, I believe it suppresses growth of the organisms. There is an extensive discussion about it here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/7-saline-solution/

Let us know if you have more questions.
Sue

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I have stopped the Breo. Didn’t think I could tell any difference when taking it. May resume come fall allergy time. I’ve read about 7% saline. Depending on how I’m doing, may ask my doctor about it on next visit. Currently, I do a saline nasal lovage. Not sure about how much it helps either when allergies are calm. Just trying to figure out what helps me and trying to stay well. One advantage of COVID is not being exposed to much of anything. But, we’ve got to figure out how to live life and be safe. Thanks for your input.

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@spudmato

"on the bike," try using a bike (preferably a combatant) that is programmed. It will allow you to start off with as little resistance as appropriate, and also allow you to progress to you maximum level. The recumbent bike is easier on your back than standard bike.
Still. I'll bet an excursion tour your countryside has a great deal to say for itself.

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I have a recumbent bike. Just need to use it. It is programmable. So when I get ready, I think it will benefit me. With GA heat now and Spring/Fall allergies, outside exercise is not always my best solution. But, I love being outdoors.

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@marianm44

I have a recumbent bike. Just need to use it. It is programmable. So when I get ready, I think it will benefit me. With GA heat now and Spring/Fall allergies, outside exercise is not always my best solution. But, I love being outdoors.

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@marianm44, @sueinmn: We just bought a nustep and I can't wait to use it. I think that after being confined because of COVID-19 a lot of people will love the outdoors more once we can safely be out there! lol. It's great that you are taking your time but also don't baby yourself if you aren't in extreme distress, or any distress. I tend to say to myself, "well maybe it will be better tomorrow, or maybe I need to rest", lol.

I assume that you have AC. The heat in RI is horrible too. So when the air is bad outside I will have a way to get my heart pumping indoors. I can't wait for it.

What kind of bike do you have?

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