If a patient’s asthma is well-controlled, and they’re feeling fit and healthy, there’s no reason to limit their choice of exercise, Asthma UK have said.
But, if you’re new to exercising with the condition, or symptoms are rearing their head, it’s best to try less energetic exercises.
Walking, swimming and yoga were recommended by Asthma UK, as well as team sports.
Cricket, netball and rounders gives you time to rest in between quick bursts of activity, which would help to reduce symptoms in asthmatics.
It’s recommended that adults do 30 minutes of exercise a day, for five days a week.
Exercise is good for asthma, and helps to improve how well lungs work. It will also boost your immune system, so asthma symptoms are less likely to be triggered by coughs and colds.
Many Team GB athletes have asthma, including Paula Radcliffe, Laura Kenny and Bradley Wiggins.
The charity recommends asthmatics stop exercising immediately if you they begin coughing or wheezing, are start gasping for air.
Feeling tight-chested, having difficulty speaking in short sentences, or if children complain that their stomachs hurt, are other signs that patients should stop exercising immediately.
This is what Asthma UK recommends for exercising with the condition:
1. Always have your reliever (blue inhaler) with you
2. Wear a scarf loosely around your nose and mouth if it’s cold outside
3. Stick to indoor exercise if your asthma is particularly triggered by cold weather
4. Take hay fever treatment alongside your inhaler if symptoms are triggered by pollen
5. Don’t exercise outside on high pollution days
6. Tell people about your asthma so they can watch out for symptoms
7. Keep an up-to-date asthma action plan
8. Always warm up and warm down before and after exercise, with stretches to help flexibility