Bike Riding to help COPD deterioration whilst on ESA?
Can anyone offer some advice, please?
I have COPD, which is the chronic and progressive lung disease that causes a constant shortness of breath. Following recent lung function tests, I think I'm now at stage 3 with it. I have recently been awarded ESA for this condition.
Because I walk slowly due to breathlessness, discomfort, etc, caused by my COPD, I put down on the ESA form for the Mobility descriptor that I cannot repeatedly mobilise 200 metres within a reasonable timescale because of significant discomfort or exhaustion.
Now, because of concern over my COPD's deterioration, my GP's strongly advised that I get more exercise to try to slow this deterioration down, although he has stated that it is unlikely my condition will ever improve or be cured - even with exercise. Walking and cycling were mentioned to help with this. However, although I am sure I would certainly benefit from cycling, as it will limit the breathlessness I get when walking, as well as helping to slow down this deterioration, I am worried that doing so may give the impression that I am too active for someone with my COPD condition.
So would I risk getting myself in trouble by cycling, as far as the DWP and my ESA award is concerned?