What sort of exercise is good for asthma?
Whatever exercise you enjoy, it’s best to start out slow and build your endurance and intensity as is comfortable to do so. Exercise doesn’t need to be intense to be beneficial so take it easy to start and make sure you always have a reliever on hand.
Exercise that focuses on promoting lung capacity and regulating breathing can be especially beneficial and interval-based approaches that involve short bouts of activity with rests in between can work well for asthma sufferers. This can improve cardiovascular fitness, stamina and strength without stressing the airways and lungs.
The following types of exercise would be ideal for people with asthma:
Yoga helps you focus on breathing. Controlled, rhythmic breathing during exercise can help increase a your lung capacity while building muscle strength for overall fitness.
Yoga and rhythmic breathing can also help lower stress levels and stress can be a trigger for inflammation and asthma in many people so, by reducing stress, you can help decrease asthma flares.
Swimming is great for your lungs as it results in deep breathing of warm, humid air, which can be beneficial for people with asthma. Swimming, like yoga helps us focus on and control our breathing. And it can also be easy and gentle to start, allowing you to increase the challenge as your fitness and lung capacity improve.
Some people may find that swimming in a chlorinated pool triggers their asthma so again, always have your reliever on hand.
Other forms of exercise
Many other types of exercise can also help improve the function of the lungs without overstraining them.