Best Exercises for Asthma: Yoga, Swimming, Biking (cont.)

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Here are some other tips:

  • Warm up first.
  • Try to breathe through your nose as much as possible.
  • If you are exercising in cold weather, wear a scarf or mask over your nose and mouth.
  • If you have pollen allergies, avoid outdoor exercise when pollen counts are high.
  • Avoid exercising outdoors or wear a mask if air pollution is high.
  • Do not exercise when you are sick or not feeling well.
  • Include a cool-down routine after exercise.
  • Know your exercise limit, and don't push yourself too hard.
  • Always carry your inhaler, just in case you need it.

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle -- even when you have asthma. Aim to work out for about 30 minutes, four to five days a week. "Avoiding exercise when you have asthma is an old way of thinking," says Taliercio. "Now we know that letting yourself get out of shape is bad for asthma. Exercise for asthma should be part of your routine."

Author: Chris Iliades, MD

REFERENCES:

Ohio State University Medical Center: "Asthma and Exercise."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Asthma and Exercise: Tips to Remember."

Rachel Taliercio, DO, Cleveland Clinic.

Cleveland Clinic: "Exercise and Asthma."

American College of Sports Medicine: "Exercise-Induced Asthma."

Bidwell, AJ. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, August, 2012.

Chandratilleke, MG. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, May, 2012.


Last Editorial Review: 8/29/2013 4:24:21 PM



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