Best Exercises for Asthma: Yoga, Swimming, Biking, and Walking

Medical Reviewer:

If you're like most people with asthma, you may sometimes experience symptoms -- coughing, wheezing and tightness in your chest -- during or after exercising. But that's no excuse not to work out . You just need to be prepared and know your limits.

"If your asthma is under good control, you can and should exercise normally. Exercising [when you have] asthma can help reduce your symptoms, improve your breathing, and reduce your stress and anxiety," says Rachel Taliercio, DO, a lung and allergy specialist at the Cleveland Clinic.

"Many people with asthma assume that exercise is bad for them. That causes them to get out of shape, and that's bad for asthma," says Dr. Taliercio. A review of 19 studies (involving 695 people) on exercises for asthma was published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2012. The review found that exercise for asthma is safe, improves heart and lung fitness, and enhances quality of life. The author's conclusion is that people with asthma should be encouraged to exercise without worrying that their symptoms will get worse.

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/29/2013