If you suffer from asthma, you know how scary it can be to exercise. It can be a challenge to differentiate between an asthma attack coming on due to shortness of breath, and the usual huffing and puffing associated with cardio. Take these tips into consideration if you do have asthma and want to work out.
- Talk to your doctor. Tell your doc what type of exercise you are thinking about, and see if he thinks that it is a good idea for you and your asthma.
- Go slow. Don’t worry about keeping up with others. Focusing on improving your workouts and conditioning on a daily basis. Slow, steady improvement will give you the health, and quality workouts you desire.
- Get on proper medication. Check with your doctor to see if you are on a proper medication for your current needs, or ask if it’s wise to start a new exercise program on your current medication.
- Know when you should worry. If you are short of breath and your chest feels tight, most likely this is from a lack of conditioning and not your asthma. But if you start to pant, cough or wheeze, then you need to stop ASAP and use your inhaler.
You can still exercise if you have asthma. Getting yourself on track will allow you to stay fit and manage your asthma so you can breathe and be healthy.
Do you have asthma? What exercise tips can you share to help others?