We all know why we want to be healthy. That means healthy diet and exercising regularly. However, some of us may be more reluctant than others to begin an exercise regiment. This could be caused by fear. Not fear of usual things such as quitting too soon, or it being too hard, but fear of not being able to stick with it due to being an asthmatic. How does one overcome this obstacle? We looked to the American Lung Association for some information. Here are some tips.
1. Create a plan to manage your asthma by talking with your healthcare provider, keeping your medicine on hand and assessing symptoms daily before exercising.
Get active. Look for the exercise that's right for you. Some good options would be activities that offer breaks, such as basketball (think time you aren't running and half time) also, warm moist air is best for keeping symptoms at bay. So swimming might be another great option. Just watch out for too much chlorine and be sure that the area is well-ventilated. Make sure you warm up and cool down and make appropriate arrangements for working out indoors and out. According to The American Lung Association, “Local gyms will keep you warm during your winter workout, but may increase your risk of being exposed to asthma triggers as well as germs. When choosing a gym, ask what types of cleaners and disinfectants are used since bleach and strong odors from cleaning products can cause asthma symptoms. A well ventilated gym will reduce your exposure to mildew, mold and other asthma triggers. Cold, dry air can trigger asthma, especially at high altitudes. Loosely wrap a scarf around your nose and mouth to warm the air before it enters your lungs. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Get a heads up before heading out. Download the American Lung Association's State of the Air® app to receive air quality forecasts direct on your smartphone. Learn more about how air quality affects everyone, especially those with lung disease at www.lung.org/healthy-air.”
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If you need any further information about this topic, a very useful tool is the American Lung Association's website at www.lung.org. Or try calling their lung help line at 1-800-LUNGUSA or 1-800-586-4872.