Tuesday, March 2, 2010
ASTHMA & EXERCISE
People affected by Asthma don’t need to hold back from keeping fit- you should be able to participate in almost any sport or exercise. In fact it is even more important for people with asthma to be fit. Scuba diving is the only sport that is not recommended, according to Asthma Foundations Australia.
If physical exertion causes you to cough, feel tight in the chest, be short of breath or Wheeze, and these symptoms don’t improve with the rest within minutes, see your doctor for advice as you may have exercise- induced asthma.
“ Exercise can trigger the signs of asthma, but it’s the one trigger we ask people not to avoid,” Says AFA chief executive officer Robin Ould. “There is clear evidence that people who have good general health and are fit have better health outcomes with asthma then those who are overweight.
“In developing your written asthma action plan, if exercise is a trigger, then with your GP work out a specific regimen, which may include taking reliever medication immediately prior to exercise.”