Asthma and physical activity

If you look at the competition with participation of sportsmen of world level, you may have noticed how before the start, someone takes a breath or two on a small L-shaped plastic tube. This is one of those who overcomes symptoms of asthma to show your best score.

Since the asthma does not interfere with the athletes, the ordinary man so we should not worry. Exercise is good for everyone, and at a certain caution and respect for the advice of a doctor most people with asthma can exercise not less than all the others.

Moreover, if you have asthma that the doctor says you even need to exercise. At the time, the big resonance was caused by the article in the American journal The Physician and Sports Medicine, which stated that the presence of medical control patients with asthma can exercise 4-5 times a week, as healthy people. Properly planned and organized training can improve lung function, reduce frequency of attacks and reduce the need for medication.

During sports in asthma may arise three problems:

  • Allergens and pollutants in the air will make it difficult to breath.
  • Exercise can trigger an asthma attack.
  • If in the past attempts to exercise have failed, your muscles and lungs can be tetranitroaniline, further complicating another attempt.
  • However, don't give up, even if you have some problems. To deal with them, and the sport will definitely have a positive impact on your cardiovascular system, improve your appearance and health, bring other positive results.

Think about what sport is most suitable for you. You can choose walking, Jogging, Cycling, or team games such as basketball. Maybe choose sports games with a small or, conversely, long intervals between halves, for example, tennis or softball? If your lungs and muscles are weakened, it is best to just start out with walking at a relaxed pace, or lifting small weights.

For people who are allergic to pollen and mold, an excellent choice might be winter sports and Hiking in cold weather. However, cold weather can cause an asthma attack by itself. If your body responds to the cold, try to cover your mouth and nose with a scarf to breathe in the air had time to warm up.

Regardless of the weather, plan a 10 -15 minute warm-up before class and take another 10 – 15 minutes at the end to cool down the body after exercise. Warm-up reduces the likelihood of attack at the beginning of the workout.

It is very important to consult with your doctor and continue to comply with its recommendations.

Discuss with your doctor:

  • What kind of sports and exercises to choose from.
  • What precautions to take when performing exercises.
  • How to distinguish symptoms caused by allergens and pollutants in the air from asthma symptoms caused by physical strain.
  • To take or not to take medication before exercise.
  • How to act at the onset of symptoms during exercise.
  • Whether or not to suspend classes at the onset of symptoms.
  • Whether to apply during classes the peak flow meter and how often.
  • How to keep a diary and record the exercises you do, your progress, symptoms, medication and peak flow meter readings.

Be sure to write down the symptoms and the frequency of use of an inhaler during sports. It is important for your next conversation with the doctor. Together with the doctor you will be able to develop an exercise plan that will allow you to achieve good sports results and to maintain its shape.