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Conserving Energy When You Have COPD or Other Chronic Conditions

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What does it mean to conserve energy?

Cooking dinner, putting away laundry, or even just walking across your living room can be exhausting when you have COPD, heart failure, or another long-term (chronic) condition. You may feel at times as though you've lost your ability to live your life.

Conserving, or saving, your energy means finding ways of doing daily activities with as little effort as possible. With some planning and tips, you can get tasks done more easily and enjoy your daily routine.

How can you conserve energy in daily activities?

Plan activities

Getting around and doing activities

Reaching and grabbing items

Showering and dressing


Having sex

Where can you learn more about conserving your energy?

Your doctor may suggest that you have pulmonary rehabilitation to help you learn ways to breathe easier. The therapist also can give you more tips on conserving your energy. You also may want to see an occupational or physical therapist. He or she can show you how to build strength and move with less effort.

Ask your doctor about support groups for people who have COPD, heart failure, or another condition. They may have tips to share about how they make the most of their energy. You can learn more about social support at this American Lung Association website:

You can learn more about conserving energy at this Canadian Lung Association website:

Credits for Conserving Energy When You Have COPD or Other Chronic Conditions

Current as of: July 6, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine

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