Walking is a low-impact exercise that can help you maintain a healthy weight and improve circulation and lung function. However, for those with hyperexpanded lungs, walking presents some challenges. Because you may feel breathless the first few times you walk, aim for a short distance.
Set a goal to walk to the end of your street or for five minutes. Count your steps as you walk, exhaling for twice as many steps. For example, you may inhale on steps one, two, and three while exhaling for the next six steps. Try increasing the distance you walk as often as possible but make sure to stop and rest for at least two to three minutes if you sense you are losing your breath.
3. Elbow Breathing
This exercise strengthens the arms and improves your breathing. To perform, sit with your feet slightly less than shoulder-width apart. Slowly lift your elbows in the air until they are shoulder level. Touch your fingertips together in front of your chest. Breathe in slowly as you pull your elbows backward and the fingertips apart. After you have pulled your elbows as far as they comfortably can go, breathe out to lower the arms to your starting position.