Many experts believe that regular strenous exercise has significant health benefits for those who suffer from asthma. Patients frequently report feeling significantly better both physically and mentally. Obviously anytime that you are thinking about changing your exercise program then you should consult your doctor.
Asthma that is induced during exercise is caused when the muscles that are around the airways become sensitive to the changes in humidity and temperature, and they contract, making the airways more narrow. Some of the symptoms of exercise-induced asthma are:
1. Being abnormally tired during exercise
2. Having a hard time catching your breath when exercising
3. Chest begins to tighten
4. You start to wheeze Most of the time, these symptoms will begin about 5 to 20 minutes after exercise has started, or a few minutes after you have stopped exercising. These sort of symptoms need to be discussed with your doctor before exercising.
To prevent or control asthma symptoms before or during exercise, asthma inhalers or bronchodilators can work well for asthma sufferers. If you use them before exercise, they can stop symptoms from occurring during exercise.
Other things that can be done, is to make sure you cool down after exercising, and warm up before you exercise. If you have allergies and asthma, you should not exercise outside when there are high pollen levels, or days when pollution is high. Do not exercise when you have an infection or a temperature as this may increase the risk of having an exercise induced asthma attack.
People that suffer from asthma shouldn’t put off exercise if their doctor tells them it is alright. There may be lasting physical and mental benefits to the sufferer and improve the quality of their life.