If you have asthma, you may feel like you have a complicated relationship with exercise. You want to stay active but you also want to reduce your chance of an asthma attack whenever you can. Finding a supportive balance between the two is possible and actually easier than you think.
Exercise is important for all people, but is especially important if you struggle with asthma. Consistent exercise can actually support better lung function and help reduce the severity of your symptoms.
If you are looking for some tips on how to better manage your diagnosis, our team at AFC Urgent Care Indian Trail is here to help below!
Why Do I Need to Exercise If I Have Asthma?
Asthma attacks occur when your body recognizes some sort of allergen or external trigger as an invader and will attack it. This results in a swollen and inflamed airway, and the most severe cases can be life-threatening. One of the most helpful ways to prevent an attack is to condition that airway over time.
Finding a consistent exercise routine actually increases your endurance, strengthens your lungs and supports a better lung capacity. All of this combined helps you keep a better control over your diagnosis. Below are some great sports and activities to try if you are new to exercise.
- Swimming (the moist air helps your lungs)
Does My Asthma Limit My Athletic Options?
Not typically! If you have your asthma under control and you have a full understanding how to best manage it with medication and rest, you can participate in whatever activities you choose to do. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are some activities that will probably be more troublesome for you.
Endurance sports like running or marathon training can be harder on your lungs as there is no rest time built into the activity. When it gets cold outside, endurance activities can be even more difficult as the air thins out. If you still choose to participate in these activities, just listen to your body and offer yourself rest time when you need to.
How to Support Your Diagnosis
- Carry a scarf to breathe through during the colder months.
- Know and respect your limits.
- Never leave home without packing your inhaler.
- Warm up and cool down around each physical activity.
Your asthma shouldn’t define you! If you have questions about your diagnosis, come see us AFC Urgent Care Indian Trail.