June 17, 2020

How to be Active with Asthma

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Shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing. These are symptoms of asthma that can add an additional layer of difficulty to everyday tasks. From chores around the house to getting in that recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week, how can those with asthma get tasks and workouts accomplished when something as vital as breathing is compromised? Here are ways to be active with asthma.

Know When to Push Yourself – and When to Pull Back

It can be challenging and frustrating to have the desire to be active but not be able to due to an underlying condition. However, you can still get your body moving.

Being both opportunistic and realistic when programming a workout can be beneficial in determining and meeting fitness goals. Tailoring your workouts based on how you feel each day can help you push yourself on an appropriate level.

On days where symptoms feel at bay are the times to try a more intense workout. However, on days where symptoms are more bothersome, we suggest listening to your body and taking it easy. It could be beneficial to try a more low-impact activity, such as walking or stretching.

While requiring some flexibility with workout planning and compassion for yourself, it is possible to stay active even through the unpredictability of asthma symptoms.

According to the American Lung Association, here are some recommendations for workouts:

  • Include warm-up and cool-down periods in your workout
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a scarf when exercising outdoors in cold temperatures
  • Limit exercise or strenuous activities outdoors when the air quality is unhealthy (orange) and avoid outdoor activities when the air quality is red, purple or maroon.


You Can Still Be Active — Even During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for all aspects of our lives, including exercising. Although people have to social distance, you and your workouts don’t have to stay apart. There are still plenty of ways to still be active.

For example, at-home workouts are a socially distant alternative to help reach your fitness goals and benefit your health. Beachbody and Fitbit Coach are two great options that can assist with exercise anywhere.

If you need some extra motivation and connection, workouts can still be done with friends—virtually. FaceTiming a friend as you both go for a walk outside or doing your workouts together can make exercising more fun and create accountability. These are just a few of the creative ways to stay connected and in shape.


Have Your Rescue Inhaler Ready

No matter what level of activity you decide feels right for you, it is highly recommended to keep your rescue inhaler ready at all times. According to Healthline, a rescue inhaler can relieve or stop the symptoms of an asthma attack. So, be sure to have it close during your workouts.

Interestingly, eight percent of the 2016 Olympians live with asthma, so you can still be the athlete you want to be. (This is the same percentage of US citizens who have asthma.)

While challenging at times, it is still possible to have an active lifestyle with asthma. Something is better than nothing, so just be proud of yourself getting moving!