Thrilled to be back with the Northeast Bronchiectasis/NTM Support Group! This time, we tackled my favorite subject as a certified personal trainer: exercise!
If carving out dedicated chunks of time feels like a hurdle, there’s another way. With bronchiectasis, frequent movement throughout the day is key, as experts like Dr. James Chalmers and Dr. Timothy Aksamit agree!
Perhaps no need for hour-long sessions, just small “exercise snacks” that many of my clients find more easily achievable.
Exercise is the first “E” in the BE CLEAR acronym and my book, “The BE CLEAR Method to Living with Bronchiectasis,” dedicates a chapter to exercise. It features 10 exercises, each of which can can be done in under 5 minutes, even while your coffee brews! Just stay safely away from the hot stove!
We’ve got standing exercises for pre-coffee stretching and strengthening, desk-chair options for work breaks, and even tired-day exercises you can do in bed.
Check out 5 of them in the “Shorts” playlist on my YouTube channel!
Instead of stressing about finding time for morning or evening workouts, think “exercise snacks” and sprinkle movement throughout your day.
Huge thanks to Donna and Kristina for the invite! And as always, our deepest appreciation to Bronchiectasis/NTM Info & Research for supporting these invaluable groups.
Here’s to a more enjoyable and manageable approach to exercise, boosting energy and feeling better!
Important Disclaimer: As with any exercise, injury risk is inherent. Any exercises you do are at your own risk. Before modifying your current care, please discuss it with your medical team.
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Linda Cooper Esposito, MPH is a health educator with bronchiectasis. She developed the BE CLEAR Method to Living with Bronchiectasis and writes with compassion and humor about this chronic lung disease.