Living with Asthma

Staying Active with Asthma

Asthma has been an identified disease for many years, and for quite a long time, those who suffered from it were discouraged from taking part in physical activities because of the belief that exercise led to increased danger of attacks and increased severity of those attacks. However, as more research continues to be done in the fight against this disease, the scientific and medical communities are learning that not only is exercise possible with asthma patients, but could also bring about positive results.

Below is a brief outline that could serve as an example of how someone with asthma can still engage in regular exercise. Of course, all of this should always be done with the oversight of your doctor to make sure that no unnecessary risks are taken.


Learn Your Triggers

One of the true mysteries that surrounds asthma is that it tends to attack everyone somewhat differently. This means that different triggers and different intensities of exposures to these triggers can lead to varying time intervals and severity of attacks. Before getting into a more active lifestyle, you need to learn those triggers so that you can come to reasonably expect when they may occur.

Start Slowly

If you've never been an overly active person, the last thing you should do is 'jump in with both feet' and attempt to do too much too soon. Not only will this raise the possibility of attacks, but it could lead to other problems as well that could dissuade you from continuing. A good first step would be to start walking regularly. It's very good exercise and not too strenuous, but will help you build a strong foundation for cardiovascular conditioning before taking things a step further in terms of intensity.

Build Slowly

As you begin to work exercise into your routine, you can begin to add a bit of additional exercise to your routine. Once again, however, you should stay in regular contact with your doctor to make sure that he or she is aware of what you're doing and how you should handle your progression.

Choose Properly and Prepare

Additionally, you should take a look at activities that tend to be less intense in terms of your respiratory system than others first. Examples of these types of activities include swimming, golf and softball. This doesn't mean you shouldn't run or play basketball - it simply means that if you're so inclined, these would be good places to start. Regardless of the activities you choose, always make sure that you've followed your medication routine for that day and have your short-term medication handy to stave off any attacks that could arise.