What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that makes breathing difficult. With asthma, there is inflammation of the air passages that results in a temporary narrowing of the airways that carry oxygen carrying air to the lungs. This results in the symptoms of asthma, such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and a sense of chest tightness.
Regular physical activity and exercise improves quality of life whether you’re healthy or have a respiratory condition. Many people associate keeping fit with maintaining a healthy heart, losing weight and reducing the risk of illnesses such as diabetes, but exercise also helps keep your lungs healthy, it increases their capacity and the efficiency with which they work.
Regular exercise can help reduce asthma symptoms by:
- Improving how well your lungs work so you have more stamina and can do more before you feel out of breath.
- Exercise increases the blood flow to your lungs, allowing the lungs to deliver more oxygen into the blood.
- Boosting your immune system so your asthma is less likely to be triggered by coughs and colds.
- Maintain a healthy weight which will reduce your risk of symptoms and an asthma
- Improves mood and helps you manage anxiety.
Other benefits of exercise include:
- Increased energy levels throughout the day
- Stabilized blood sugar levels
- Strengthened bones and muscles
- A better night’s sleep