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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease that causes difficulty exhaling air from the lungs. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus (sputum) production and wheezing.

It is estimated that 1.6 million Canadians live with it – yet it is believed that almost as many have COPD and don’t know it.

If you’re living with COPD, we’re here to help! We provide people living with COPD programs and resources to keep them out of hospital, so they can live their lives to the fullest.

Exercises to Manage COPD

For those living with COPD, regular exercise programs and physical activity can result in fewer flare-ups and hospitalizations and a better overall quality of life. That’s why we encourage you to take back your breath with physical activity.

Cardio & Core

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Strength Training

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Full Body Fitness

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30 minutes of physical activity is recommended per day every day. Even small, 10-minute movements three times a day adds up. Regular movement will help you to do more and feel less short of breath. But talk to your healthcare provider before starting any exercise routine. 

Resources for COPD

Learn how to manage your COPD well to help reduce your symptoms, reduce your risk of having a flare-up, and improve your quality of life. Download our handy COPD guide to learn effective strategies to help you take control.

We’re Here to Help!

Our Lung Health Line is a free, confidential service offered between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. To speak with a Certified Respiratory Educator (a healthcare professional with special training in COPD) call 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) or email at

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