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Asthma and exercise can be a perfect match

Exercise for asthmatics if managed correctly does not stop anyone from participating and even succeeding at their chosen sport.

Most sports require fitness and endurance, and asthma—a respiratory condition that causes shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing—can make exercising difficult. Exercise is one of the most common triggers of asthma attacks (along with allergies and infection), however as seen in a number of successful athletes, asthma does not hold them back.   

A recent article in the British Journal of Medicine reported that “regular, moderate exercise can improve your asthma and also your immune system, which can also help avoid asthma attacks.”

This marks a shift from outdated advice in which asthmatics were warned to avoid exercise, in particular school children with asthma were often excluded from sport in fear of an asthma attack.   

Asthma Foundation Western Australia (AFWA) Educator Russell Cox agrees with this message saying ‘people with asthma cope better and have fewer attacks of asthma if they are fit and active.  Exercise may trigger asthma symptoms called Exercise Induced Asthma (EIA), however this can be managed through speaking with your doctor and determining your correct exercise and medication program, as well as a good warm up prior to exercise’.

‘Exercise will not cure asthma but is a vital part of asthma management, as is well controlled asthma through medication adherence and close attention to symptoms and triggers’.    

To speak with AFWA Educators about managing your asthma and exercise, contact 1800 ASTHMA or email ask@asthmawa.org.au.   

The ECU Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma on Sunday 26 March 2017, raising asthma awareness and fundraising for vital respiratory research and community programs facilitated by AFWA.     

Registrations for this popular community family event are via www.freewaybikehike.com.au. Early bird specials are closing soon.  

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