Don’t let your asthma stop you from being healthy and active. Incorporating fitness into your asthma management can play an important role in your asthma control. 

Including regular exercise and physical activity into your routine can benefit your asthma symptoms by increasing lung capacity and reducing inflammation. Be smart with a safe approach that won’t exacerbate your symptoms. The connection between exercise and asthma is notable – about 70 to 90 percent of people with asthma experience exercise-induced asthma, according to the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care. 

Talk to your physician about starting any new physical activity or fitness routine. Download this tool from the American Lung Association to help with that conversation.

As with all TalkingAsthma content, this information is for educational purposes only and not medical advice.

Exercise and Asthma: Could It Lead to an Attack?

Exercise can lead to an asthma attack. Commonly referred to as exercise-induced asthma, coughing and wheezing are common symptoms people with asthma may experience while exercising. If you have these symptoms, it is important to see your health care provider to discuss the possibility of having exercise induced asthma, and how to reduce symptoms occurring with exercise.

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Can My Child Play Sports with Asthma?

If your child gets diagnosed with asthma, it means they need to use an inhaler to prevent symptoms like wheezing, chest tightness, and chest pain. Many children with asthma find their condition gets more severe when they’re active. When your child has a desire to participate in sports, an asthma diagnosis means you need to ensure they’re safe when playing. The wonderful news is, the vast majority of children with asthma can play sports with the right measures in place.

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How Can You Modify Functional Training for Asthma?

Functional training is a popular and effective way to improve your strength, mobility, and performance in everyday activities. However, if you have asthma, you may wonder how to adapt this type of training to your condition and avoid triggering symptoms. In this article, we will share some tips on how to modify functional training for asthma, so you can enjoy the benefits of this exercise modality without compromising your health.

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Exercising and asthma at school

Sometimes exercise triggers asthma symptoms. This is called exercise-induced asthma (EIA). The symptoms of EIA are coughing, wheezing, a feeling of tightness in your chest, or shortness of breath. Most times, these symptoms start soon after you stop exercising. Some people may have symptoms after they start exercising.

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Exercising with Asthma

Asthma is one of the most common respiratory disorders. It affects about 22 million Americans. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways. It causes episodes of difficulty breathing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. These episodes vary in severity and duration. Most occur at night and early morning.

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Exercise for asthma: How it helps + 5 workouts to include

For anyone who’s been diagnosed with asthma, exercising might seem risky. The condition, according to sports and exercise medicine consultant Dr Rebecca Robinson, is a chronic ‘inflammatory condition that affects the lungs’ airways and can make you feel like your chest is tightening or you’re short of breath’.

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