How Exercise Is Good For Asthma

If you want to know how exercise is good for asthma, exercise has shown to help improve asthma symptoms and make you an overall healthier individual. Many people with asthma are afraid that if they exercise they will inevitably suffer an attack; conversely, exercise is good for asthma. Exercising decreases the likelihood of experiencing an attack , if it is done on a regular basis. Sure, some types of exercise increases symptoms, but that doesn't mean you have to sit on your couch instead. Learn about how exercise is good for asthma by controlling weight, increasing lung strength and increasing immune system function. 

Weight Loss

A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found obesity and asthma to associated. Though the exact reasons are still being researched, it is safe to say that if you are overweight and you have asthma, losing weight by exercising will help you to breathe easier. This is not to say that if you have asthma, you are overweight. In fact, asthma is more prevalent among athletes than non-athletes. But by being overweight, you are putting more stress on all of your organs and this includes your lungs.

Stronger Lungs

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says that exercise will increase lung capacity and volume. Increasing your VO2 Max will help you to breather better while you are exercising or just going about your day . The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends that people with asthma complete a warm up before exercising as well as a cool down following any rigorous exercise.

They also suggest either engaging in low intensity activities (such as swimming) and/or slowly increasing the intensity over time if you want to participate in running or other high intensity sports.

Stronger Immune System

Exercise has been demonstrated to decrease stress and increase immune system function. Stress is a trigger for many asthmatics. Stress can weaken the immune system, making your airways more susceptible to inflammation (which is what causes asthma symptoms such as coughing and tightness). Colds and Viral infections can also weaken your immune system,which can trigger an asthma attack. Fortunately exercise will decrease your stress levels and increase your immune system's ability to fight off intruders.

Note: You should always consult a health care professional prior to beginning an exercise regimen. He or she will be able to asses the severity of your asthma and provide you with proper treatment so that you can exercise safely.



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