It’s summer! The weather’s warmed up and thanks to your mobile oxygen concentrator, it’s possible to run errands, attend family get-togethers, and even travel.
But what about other summer activities? How else can you take advantage of the fact that your portable oxygen concentrator has allowed you to be mobile?
We’ve got a few ideas.
Whether you’ve aspired to be the next Arnold Palmer since your dad got you your first set of clubs, or you’re looking for a new summer (and oxygen) friendly hobby to pick up this month, we’ve shared some suggestions below.
One activity that’s made possible with a portable oxygen concentrator is golf. This type of exercise, when done consistently, can help improve your balance as well as help strengthen your respiratory muscles – whether you’re on supplemental oxygen or not!
Many portable oxygen concentrator manufacturers offer carrying bags to make it easier to go mobile. In this case, the ability to wear your portable oxygen concentrator in a backpack is a convenient option, even if just briefly during your swing.
The use of a golf cart can help to diminish the amount of activity between swings. Avoid playing on “cart path only” days in an effort to get as close to your ball as possible with the cart.
You’ll find that some golf carts are equipped with power supply outlets; this can be helpful if your portable oxygen concentrator comes with a DC power adapter, which can simultaneously power your unit and charge the internal battery.
But, whether you’re getting a full round in or just hitting a few balls at the driving range, it’s always a good idea to bring a fully charged backup battery with you.
Crocheting or Knitting
Crocheting and knitting are great activities for one simple reason: they can be done just about anywhere!
With the mobility your portable oxygen concentrator affords you, either of these activities can be done on the front porch, in the park, in the car on an extended drive, or during half time at your son’s soccer game.
There’s an amazing variety of patterns you can follow and projects you can create with crocheting or knitting. You can knit a blanket for your girl friend’s newborn or a beanie for yourself. Crochet a koozy for your coffee mug or, if you’re feeling up for a challenge, you can make your granddaughter a small stuffed animal.
Whichever project you choose, it’s important to keep a few things in mind: Ensure your yarn and tubing do not get twisted with one another as you pack up your supplies to move to another location.
You should also avoid using your portable oxygen concentrator as a carrying bag for your crocheting or knitting supplies. This practice may cause the carrying bag to become too heavy or your supplies to block your portable oxygen concentrator’s vents, inhibiting performance.
Yes, your portable oxygen concentrator allows you to be mobile – but that doesn’t mean you need to go far! A short time tending to flowers or vegetables in your yard or greenhouse can be the perfect amount of time to enjoy the outdoors.
Having trouble deciding on what to plant?
Do you enjoy cooking or baking? Herbs like cilantro, parsley, and mint are all low maintenance options. Similarly, vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, and zucchini are some of the easiest vegetables to grow.
More interested in planting something that will flower? Sunflowers and marigolds bloom big, bright flowers when planted in a front yard or backyard garden and geraniums are a great, colorful option for window boxes or hanging baskets – green thumb or not!
Here are a few tips for gardening with supplemental oxygen: Consider gardening in containers. Whether on the ground or on tables, containers are easier to plant in, water, and weed. Place them at a height that’s convenient for you to ensure your tubing does not get in the way while tending your flowers or vegetables.
Also, make wide paths in your garden. This helps to keep tubing or carrying bag straps from getting caught on plants as you tend to your flowers or vegetables. And this leaves more room for little helpers!
Supplemental oxygen should not prevent you from being mobile – or enjoying the same summer activities you always did (or always wanted to do!). However, it’s smart to consult your physician prior to starting any new activity, especially those which require a lot of movement.