What Exercises are Benefical for Asthmatics?  

by Pool Builders on 01-14-2006 in Articles

There are forms of exercising that are better for those who have asthma.

Certain forms of exercise will cause more wheeziness or chest tightness than others.

For example, running outdoors not as good as swimming.

Indeed swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for people with asthma because the swimmer is surrounded by warm, moist air.

On the other hand if the air you breathe during exercise is cold and dry, then the asthma will be worse.

If it is warm and moist, as with swimming, then the asthma will be not be as bad.

This tells us why swimming causes less asthma attacks than running, or other forms of exercise.

However, asthma and associated allergies can be complex as some asthmatics suffer worsening symptoms from the fumes (chlorine) in swimming pools.

The amount of time you exercise important as it usually takes at least six minutes of continuous exercise to trigger an exercise-induced asthma attack, and exercising for less time than this may not be enough to trigger an attack.

For a few hours after you have had the exercise-induced asthma, repeating the same amount of exercise will no longer produce the same amount of asthma symptoms, or may even produce no asthma symptoms at all.

In this way some patients are able to avoid exercise-induced asthma either exercising with short bursts.

Therefore asthmatics are particularly suited to sports and exercise, which consist of short bursts of activity with periods of rest in between.

While long-distance or cross-country running would be a bad choice of sport because they are undertaken outside in cold air without short breaks others are possible including...

* Football or hockey, or similar sport, as they are played in brief bursts with short breaks and periods of rest in between.

* Swimming is an great form of exercise for anyone with asthma. The warm moist air in the swimming pool is less likely to trigger symptoms of asthma.

* Yoga is a another exercise for people with asthma as it relaxes the body and the mind, reducing stress, and often done indoors where the air is warm.

There is evidence that indicates that gradual exercise can make you less prone to exercise-induced asthma.

Accordingly this disease does not automatically prevent a sufferer from enjoying sport at any level.

There have been many Olympians, including medallists, who were asthmatic and suffered from exercise-induced asthma.

However having the needed medical advice, asthma management, treatment, as well as the proper coaching, training, and self-discipline that every Olympic athlete needs to have, the asthma problems were overcome.

There are steps to help you help you in reducing the severity or number of asthma attacks.

* Speak with your doctor and make sure that you are properly and safely using your asthma medications.

* Warming up and down to get your muscles ready as well as getting your lung ready.

* Be aware of the weather and environmental conditions.

* Stay fit. Aerobic exercise help's to reduce the effects of asthma and recommended by doctors for good health.

One of the triggers of asthma is fatigue. Having strong lungs, a benefit of exercise, is allows you to avoid the fatigue that brings on asthma attacks.

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