Posted 4/27/2007 8:58 AM (GMT -7)
Exercise is good for everyone, including people w/asthma. It also helps your body make better use of oxygen which can reduce asthma symptoms. Be certain your program is designed to keep your asthma under control.
PLANNING YOUR EXERCISE PROGRAM: You & your MD can design an exercise program that's right for you. Ask about using your quick-relief med before exercise. Ask MD about special instructions/restrictions. Set goals. Your goals may change as you become stronger & more active.
YOUR EXERCISE GOALS: Exercise 3 or more times per week. Work out for 20 minutes per session.
CHOOSING YOUR ACTIVITIES: Ask your MD which sports or exercises are best for you. Here are some guidelines:
1. Choose aerobic activities. It's nonstop movement that makes your heart & lungs work harder than when you walk normally or rest.
2. Find activities you enjoy. This makes it easier to stick to your program. Good exercises include walking, swimming, tennise, golf, baseball, basketball, soccer, biking, & yoga.
3. Choose activites you can do when the weather is bad or the outside air quality is poor.
1. Don't give up on exercise if it makes your asthma flare up. Ask your MD to update your goals & meds.
2. In cold weather, dress warm & cover mouth & nose.
3. Exercise indoors if outdoor air is hot, polluted, windy, or full of pollen.