Asthma and exercisingJul 04, 2023
For some people with asthma, exercise can trigger symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. However, with proper management, most people with asthma can still participate in physical activity and enjoy the benefits of exercise. Here are some ways in which asthma and exercise are related:
Exercise-induced asthma: Exercise-induced asthma (EIA) is a type of asthma that is triggered by physical activity. Symptoms usually occur within a few minutes to an hour after exercise and can include coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
Importance of warm-up and cool-down: People with asthma who exercise should always warm up before beginning strenuous activity and cool down after. This can help prevent or reduce the severity of exercise induced asthma.
Choosing the right type of exercise: Some types of exercise, such as swimming and yoga, may be better for people with asthma than others. Activities that involve prolonged, steady breathing, such as running or biking, may be more likely to trigger asthma symptoms.
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