~ Weekly Health Advice from PMGH – Asthma – Part 4 of 4 ~

Asthma and Exercise
Exercise is great for health and well-being, and having asthma shouldn’t stop you playing sport or taking part in any other activity whether it is for fun or competitively. Don’t let your asthma stop you being physically active, talk to your doctor. The National Asthma Council of Australia states that if you get asthma symptoms when you get active, there are some things you can do:
– Get as fit as possible – the fitter you are, the harder you need to work before symptoms start.
– Exercise in a place that is warm and humid – avoid cold, dry air if possible.
– Avoid exercising where there are high levels of pollens, dust, fumes or pollution.
– Breathe through your nose when you exercise.
– Do a proper warm-up and cool-down.
– Keep your reliever handy and be prepared if your asthma flares up. If your asthma does flare up, don’t ignore it or hope the symptoms will go away by themselves.
– Take action – Asthma symptoms after exercise are common but treatable. If exercise triggers your asthma symptoms, tell your doctor so you can find the treatment that works best for you.
Preventing Asthma Episodes and Controlling Your Asthma
For people with asthma, having an asthma management plan is the best way to prevent symptoms. An asthma management plan is something developed by you and your doctor to help you control your asthma, instead of your asthma controlling you. An effective plan should allow you to:
– Be active without having asthma symptoms.
– Fully take part in exercise and sports.
– Sleep all night, without asthma symptoms.
– Attend school or work regularly.
– Have the clearest lungs possible.
– Have few or no side effects from asthma medications.
– Have no emergency visits or stays in the hospital.