What are the Best Exercises for Asthma?

In our recent blog post about different types of asthma, we touched upon Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (exercise induced asthma) and what it means for patients. We also pointed out that exercise is one of the most effective ways to stay fit and healthy — especially with a respiratory condition — so we’re following up our previous post with some advice on the best exercises for asthma.

At AireHealth, we believe that having asthma shouldn't stop you from living a normal and healthy lifestyle, and this includes enjoying exercise. If even light activities leave you out of breath and uncomfortable, it's important to speak to your doctor and discuss your symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 60% of adults with asthma, have uncontrolled asthma. Even a small tweak in your respiratory care can help you to manage your asthma more effectively, and improve the quality of your life. 

If you're looking for some asthma-friendly exercises, keep reading for a list of sports and activities that everyone can enjoy — just remember never to overexert yourself, and always have your reliever medication handy!

Yoga Exercises for Asthma

Yoga and breathing exercises can be beneficial to people with asthma symptoms.

Yoga and breathing exercises can be beneficial to people with asthma symptoms.

Yoga is an excellent stress-relieving exercise, involving gentle stretches and breathing techniques. It may be particularly beneficial for people with asthma, as it can help increase your lung function and improve stress management. 

Yoga poses that are well-suited to asthma patients include the sukasana (sitting with your legs crossed while breathing slowly and evenly), and the bridge (laying on your back and raising your hips).

If you would rather join a yoga class, be sure to let the instructor know that you have asthma.

Swimming with Asthma

Swimming is one of the best exercises for people with asthma because it strengthens the muscles that are crucial for breathing. Another good reason to opt for a swim in the warm moist air that you breathe in while exercising, which helps to keep your lungs comfortable as they work!

Try enjoying 30 minutes of swimming, five times a week.

Walking with Asthma

Walking is one of the most gentle and effective exercises for asthma patients.

Walking is one of the most gentle and effective exercises for asthma patients.

No matter what level of fitness you're at, walking is an easy, low-impact activity that's great for people who have asthma. Treat yourself to a pedometer and try to build up to 10,000 steps day. If you feel like you need motivation and support, walking is a wonderful exercise to share with friends!

Regardless of what physical activity you prefer, try to ensure that it's not in conditions that can exacerbate your asthma symptoms. It's important to avoid exercising in heavily polluted or extremely dry air, or environments that contain allergens, such a high pollen levels. 

The right respiratory care plan can drastically improve your quality of life. To find out more about AireHealth's smart nebulizer product and how it can help you, click here!

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