Exercise and Asthma

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If you have asthma, you may believe that you cannot exercise correctly or safely. Contrary to popular belief, there are ways to exercise and become in shape even if you have asthma.

Asthma is a chronic lung condition characterised by coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Asthma is more common in persons who are genetically or environmentally predisposed to it.

Contact to allergens, viral respiratory infections, airway irritants, exercise, and exposure to dust mites or cockroaches are some of the factors that can initiate or worsen an attack.

Asthma attacks can be avoided by performing the following: 1. Bathe your pets once a week.

  1. Do not smoke or allow others to smoke in your home.
  2. If mould or pollen levels are high, stay inside and use air conditioning.
  3. Wash your bedding and any stuffed animals in hot water at least once a week.
  4. Wash your hands whenever possible.
  5. Obtain a flu shot.
  6. In the cold, cover your lips and nose with a scarf.
  7. Be proactive in identifying your triggers and how to prevent them.

Now that you’ve learned everything there is to know about asthma, you might be wondering where exercise comes in. Most doctors would tell you that you should not stop participating in sports or exercising at all. To avoid attacks, you simply need to be savvy about how you play and take extra precautions.

Almost all doctors agree that keeping your inhaler and medication nearby is the best approach to avoid attacks while exercising. During a game or workout session, you should never use the inhaler more than three times. If you were awake the night before with coughing and wheezing, it’s always best to keep your activity light the next day.

The symptoms of IEA (Activity Induced Asthma) are slightly different in that they develop after 6 – 10 minutes of exercise and are often worse in cold or dry air.

If you have IEA, you can participate in a variety of activities such as swimming, walking, bicycling, downhill skiing, and team sports. There are numerous activities to select from to ensure you get the exercise you require.

Keep in mind that asthma is not “all in your head,” but rather a true physiological medical problem that will necessitate medication to avoid and treat. Even if your doctor will be your closest buddy when it comes to asthma treatment, you are the only one who can prevent your symptoms.

Always use common sense, take your prescription, and be proactive. Don’t allow it make you miserable — you can love exercise just like everyone else.

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