The overwhelming weight of evidence is that exercise is good for everyone. In addition, experts say that exercise is good for asthmatics as well. A small but growing body of highly convincing research indicates that exercise can directly reduce the impact of certain asthma triggers.
“The psychological benefits of physical fitness for the asthmatic are also important. The most universal reaction from the asthmatics that have completed our experimental physical fitness program is that confidence has replaced anxiety in coping with their asthma. Many of these asthmatics find their lives far fuller and their satisfaction much richer because of their increased physical capacity, sense of well-being, and the confidence these changes inspired,” according to Drs. Francois Haas and Sheila Sperber Haas in the “The Essential Asthma Book (A Manual for Asthmatics of All Ages).”
Like ordinary people, asthmatics that eat a well-balanced diet (that is, moderate amounts of various foods) don’t need supplements. But they can benefit from anti-asthma medicines taken before exercising to prevent attacks.
To put them in the right direction, here are some exercise tips:
Use your prescribed medicines 15 to 30 minutes before you begin your exercise.
With vigorous exercise, do a warm-up 10 to 15 minutes beforehand.
If you feel yourself getting “tight” while exercising, take an inhaled bronchodilator prescribed by your doctor before resuming your workout.
If you are exercising in a cold dry climate, keep a scarf or mask over your mouth.
Follow your workout with a 10 to 30 minute cool-down period of slow jogging, stretching and, if you like, light weight work.
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