Working up a sweat can help you achieve control in more ways than one
If symptoms leave you wheezy and tight chested, physical activity might be the last thing you feel like doing. But, here’s the thing, regular exercise can be beneficial for anyone with asthma1,2 – as long as you take it at your own pace and in consultation with your treating physician. Here are five reasons to get on your trainers today…
When you’re physically active, your heart and lungs have to work harder to supply extra oxygen to your muscles.3 This strengthens the entire respiratory and cardiovascular system, increasing the efficiency of your heart and lungs.3 The fitter you become, the less likely you are to feel breathless during exercise.3
Improved symptom control
You won’t just notice the benefits of cardio in the gym. In one study, people with asthma who exercised regularly scored significantly higher on asthma control tests than those who didn’t work out – they also experienced less shortness of breath.1
Research shows that regular moderate activity increases your body’s ability to detect and fight off viral infections.4 Given asthma symptoms may appear or worsen with viral infections like colds and flu, this can only be a good thing.5
A HEALTHY body
Regular workouts also help you maintain a healthy weight, which is good news for asthma.5 That’s because there’s evidence that obesity is associated with inflammation and increased asthma severity.6 All the more reason to work up a sweat.
A natural high
One of the best reasons of all to exercise? It reduces levels of stress hormones7 and stimulates the production of endorphins, brain chemicals that lift your mood.7 What’s not to like?
Is your asthma well controlled?
If you’re concerned about your asthma, speak to your doctor about daily treatment. The asthma control test (ACT) is a quick way to see how asthma symptoms are affecting your everyday life. Click on the link below to get the results in seconds – and be sure to share them with your doctor.