Exercise is vital to a healthy lifestyle. It has a huge range of benefits, both physical and mental, and all of them need to be reaped in order to lead the healthiest and happiest lifestyle that you can. This might not be news, but it always needs to be stated, and it's a general rule for everyone. Here, we're looking at exercising with asthma.

Asthma is a common condition which affects a huge number of population. It can be a big issue when it comes to exercising since it takes its toll on lung function and can cause an array of complications. With that being said, however, it’s always a good idea to look for alternative ways to exercise with asthma and how it can help with asthma outside of exercise too.

Let’s take a look:

Exercising Helps Reduce Symptoms

Woman exercising

The first thing that comes to mind for most people when we think about exercising with asthma is how it's made possible. Asthma causes breathlessness, as much as anything else, so finding away around it must be tricky, right? Well, not as hard as you might think.

Exercising can actually help reduce your asthma symptoms and manage it better than a lot of other things could be able to! (providing you're on the correct medication). Exercising is one of the best ways to help improve your lung function. Asthma is often caused by becoming breathless and the reaction that that causes. Exercise, however, is one of the best ways to reduce this from everyday life, and therefore prevent it in the long term as your stamina increases. It's a win-win, but that's the long game.

Exercise can cause asthma in some cases

So, that all sounds great, we know, and it is in all fairness. There are still some things that you need to take into account too, however, before you start training. It's not always common, but it needs to be said. Exercise can be a trigger cause for people with asthma. Before you begin, make sure you're on the effective and correct treatment for your particular case. If your medication is working to prevent it, then you should be good to go. If it is causing you more trouble than you’d expect, go and talk to your GP or asthma nurse!

On top of that, if you do take up exercise, it's also vital that you keep your inhaler with you at all times in case your symptoms begin to flare up. On top of that, make sure that you seek medical attention too if it worsens after that.

Getting Started

Woman about to exercise with asthma inhaler

When you do feel like you’re in the right place for you to start exercising, it’s always good advice to start out small. Don’t try and go for a 5-mile run or anything, but work up to it gradually. The general recommended amount of exercise is 150 minutes of moderate exercise over the period of a week. With that in mind, split that up however best you need to. Even in smaller intervals, multiple days a week is a good way to go about things.

Options

If you're ready to go, you have a lot of choices out there. Some of the easier places to start will be from activities like LISS training. That's going at a steady pace but for a prolonged period, like walking or cycling so treadmills and exercise bikes can be really effective here. You still burn a lot of calories over a long time, but without the intensity. It's longer than other exercises, but that doesn't make it worse.

Once you're comfortable with going further, the world is your oyster. There are more activities available out there than you might realise. Take up a sport, joining a club, hit the gym or work out from home. See what works best for you. Just keep in mind what we said above!

For more information and further guidance, visit:

https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/living-with-asthma/exercise-and-activities