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Stay Active with Asthma This Summer

For some people, exercise can trigger asthma symptoms. So how can you be physically active and have good asthma control? Medication helps, but so does your choice of activity. Here are some asthma-friendly exercises you can try.

  • Swimming. Swimming is one of the best physical activities for people with asthma. The warm, humid setting and upper-body toning are helpful.

  • Baseball, football, golf, and short-term track.These sports call for short bursts of energy. They are less likely to trigger asthma symptoms than sports that require sustained vigorous activity.

  • Walking, hiking, and leisure cycling.Asthma issues are less likely to arise from these sports.

Many asthma episodes can be prevented by using an inhaler before exercise. Exercising indoors on days with ozone alerts or high pollen counts and easing into activity with a warmup may help, too.

To help prevent asthma episodes, talk with your health care provider about your exercise routine and ask how to use medications. That way you can have an active, healthy summer.


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