Exercise has several benefits in terms of asthma management. While exercise is supposed to be dangerous, particularly if your asthma is not controlled, it is generally safe to exercise even if you have asthma. Consult your doctor before starting an exercise program; Maybe you have specific recommendations and adjust your asthma medications to adapt to the increase of your physical activities.
Physical activity on a regular basis increases the resistance of your lungs, increasing oxygen consumption and helping to improve your breathing all the time, not just during the exercise.
Aerobic exercise increases the functionality of the muscles involved in breathing. An exercise program helps you maintain a healthy weight, which can reduce asthma symptoms. Exercising also strengthens your immune system.
Recommended ways to exercise
There are certain types of exercises are less likely to cause asthma attacks. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, activities involving long periods of continuous movement, such as running, are more likely to provoke attacks than exercises with regular periods of "stop and follow".
Swimming and walking are relatively safe activities for those who suffer from asthma. The American Council on Exercise classifies the following activities from the most to the least likely to cause attacks: running outdoors, running on a treadmill, cycling, walking and swimming in a pool.
If you plan to exercise while having asthma, you should have an inhaler on hand available in case of an asthma attack. Asthma medications relax your airways immediately or at most in a few minutes, to relieve your symptoms. Your doctor may recommend that you use the inhaler before exercising. You can also determine what medications and doses are appropriate for your condition.
Tips to prevent attacks
Exercising in the cold can increase the risk of asthma attack. You must use a surgical mask to warm the air while you breathe or avoid exercising in the cold. Stay away from heavily polluted areas such as the sides of an avenue with a lot of car traffic. Dust, pollen and strong odors can cause attacks; A surgical mask can prevent exposure to irritants. Relieve your body of activity inside and outside with a 10-minute warm-up and cool down; avoid starting or stopping the exercise abruptly.