Excercising with Asthma

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If you suffer from asthma, it’s easy to think you can’t exercise properly or safely. Contrary to many people’s beliefs on this subject, there are ways to get in shape and exercise, even if you have asthma.

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects people in the following ways;  coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. Asthma tends to develop in with people whos DNA is genetically linked to the condition.

Shortness of breath is the most common symptom of asthma; other symptoms and triggers include exposure to allergens, viral respiratory infections, airway irritants, exercise, and exposure to things such as dust mites or cockroaches.

You can prevent asthma attacks by doing the following:

1. Bathe your pets weekly or simply keep them outside.
2. Don’t permit smoking in your home.
3. When pollen counts are high, you should stay inside with air conditioning.
4. Wash your bedding at least once per week.
5. Wash your hands reguarly.
6. Get the flu shot.
7. Wear a scarf in the winter months.
8. Be proactive, learn your triggers and know how you to avoid them.

Now we have discussed the triggers of asthma, you may be wondering where exercise fits in. As most doctors will tell you, don’t give up on sports or exercise at all. You just have to be smarter about how you play, while taking special precautions to avoid triggering your asthma.

Almost all doctors agree the best way to avoid triggering your asthma during exercise is to keep your inhaler close by. You should never use the inhaler more than 3 times during a game or exercise session. If you are experiencing coughing and wheezing symptoms, it’s always best to go light with your exercise.

Excercise induced asthma (EIA) is different to normal asthma and it’s symptoms usually appear 5 to 10 minutes after excercise and will often be worse in cold or dry air.

If you have IEA, there are several activities that you can enjoy such as swimming, walking, biking, downhill skiing, and team based sports. There are many activities for you to choose from, to ensure you get the exercise you need as well.

Asthma is not ‘all in your head’ like some people may lead you to believe. It is a real physiological medical condition that will require treatment to prevent and treat. Even though your doctor will be your guide with any treatment, it is up to you to prevent your symptoms triggering when ever possible.

Always be smart with your asthma, take your medication beforehand, and be proactive. Don’t let it impact your life,  you can enjoy exercising just like everyone else.

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