Exercising with Asthma

Updated: Feb 7

Asthma affects the bronchioles of the lungs which can feel like breathing through a straw. The symptoms are wheezing, coughing and tightness in the chest. There are non modifiable factors such as genetics or viral/bacterial infection.


Modifiable factors can be things such as dust mites, stress, lifestyle and chemicals. Asthma is disabling and can be triggered by a number of factors so special attention must be given to an asthma sufferer in the exercise environment.


Asthma sufferers who regularly struggle with exercise may not have their asthma under control. If a sufferer has more regular episodes and increased use of inhalers then it is a must to seek a medical professional.


A technique like nasal breathing allows the nose to do its job by filtering pollutants, with training, the exercise level can be achieved using this. So why is it important to properly programme clients with asthma?


Simply because exercise without caution, can induce exercise induced asthma (EIA). For example a warm humid environment such as swimming would be better as an outdoor fitness session with air temperatures and pollen/pollutants could trigger (EIA).


The benefits of exercise coupled with medications and a healthier diet are an improved cardiovascular system, improved respiratory fitness, improved expiration therefore developing more efficient breathing patterns. There is not a perfect workout for people who suffer with asthma, and the key with managing many health conditions is for the client to do an activity they really enjoy.

A sketch of the lungs


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