Exercise, sport and asthma

6) More strenuous exercise

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As you improve your level of fitness you may want to think about other more strenuous exercises. Remember that a warm up is even more important when you are going to do any strenuous exercise. If exercising outdoors you may also have to consider the weather conditions either cold and windy weather or hot and dry conditions which can affect your asthma.

Suggestions for increased exercise:

  • Running – try joining a group or find a friend who can run with you.
  • Swimming or Aquarobics.
  • Tennis or Badminton.
  • Hill walking.
  • Gym classes – make sure you tell the instructor that you have asthma and that you may need to take rests.
  • Football, Hockey or Basketball.
  • Martial Arts – some classes include breathing control.
  • Golf.

Self management

If you are a competitive sports person please seek advice from the professional body that over sees your sport with regards to the use of asthma medication.

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