Is Exercise Safe for Asthmatics?
By Diana Statham
An asthma patient generally has sensitive air passages, or
airways, resulting in difficult breathing for the patient when
these air passages are irritated from an atmospheric change.
As mentioned earlier, it is crucial to note that some sports
will have a higher probability of inducing attacks in an
asthmatic. However this does not mean that an asthmatic cannot
If an asthmatic is looking for a safe sport, researchers point
to swimming as the best possible sport for asthmatics as the
breathing required rarely if ever causes chest tightness among
swimmers. Although, participating in another form of exercise
that would require exactly the same about of oxygen to circulate
might not cause the same reaction in the participant. Your guide to asthma, symptoms, causes, treatment and more.
Of course, some asthmatics will experience acute attacks when
they enter the swimming pool. Researchers needed to find an
explanation, and it did not prove difficult to explain the
reason. Some asthmatics are very sensitive to chlorine, as an
irritant. Thus, it is not possible to state that swimmers who
are asthmatic do not have attacks.
Running of any type is often a terrible idea for asthmatic
patients as it will, in some people, trigger an almost immediate
attack. However, recent treatment advances have enabled some
athletes who were previously unable to run for more than a few
seconds to adapt their exercise routines to include running.
If an asthma patient is in a situation where they are breathing
heavily, it may trigger the start of an asthma attack. Common
instances of heavy breathing include not only exercising, but
also the breathing tests required for the diagnosis of asthma.
Yes, if you are an asthmatic you should exercise. There remain
many choices for type of exercises and sports. Asthma-afflicted
athletes should get an appointment with a sports medicine
specialist who will be able to address athletic medical issues
with the patient. The specialist may also be able to provide
useful tips and innovative treatment methods to the asthmatic
that other physicians might not have considered trying.
Sports which involve short bursts of activity interspersed with
short periods of rest make great activities for the asthmatic.
Some examples include; swimming, team sports like football or
softball, volleyball and yoga or Pilates. Generally, the time
required for exercise induced acute attacks to occur is six
minutes of constant heavy breathing.
As inspiration to continue exercising and participating in
sports, it is key to notice that many past Olympians have also
been asthma sufferers who managed their condition carefully,
with the input and treatment plan of their physician.
These steps, if followed in combination with a personalized
asthma treatment plan, will help the patient to have a
successful and healthy exercise routine:
- Warm up properly, and
do not forget to cool down.
- Avoid exercising in dry, cold air.
If it cannot be avoided, be sure to cover both mouth and nose.
- Stay in good physical shape - Staying healthy will increase an
athlete's ability to successfully avoid asthma attacks during
Many patients will require not just a preventative or reactive
medication, but a tailored combination of both types of
medications in order to provide them with maximum relief from
their illness. Most physicians agree that the desired outcome it
to get the maximum relief from the minimum amount of medication.
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