Staying Active with Asthma

Staying Active with Asthma

The right exercise can be a part of a healthy asthma action plan

FORT MYERS, Fla. – May 21, 2015 – Exercising and asthma may not seem to go together, but staying active with asthma is an important part of forming an asthma action plan.

Many asthma sufferers may experience breathing difficulties when exercising. This is due to water loss from our lungs as we breathe harder. The water loss drops the temperature of our lungs, causing asthmatic symptoms including coughing, wheezing, chest tightness or shortness of breath.

“Exercise is healthy for everyone, even asthma sufferers,” says Imtiaz Ahmad, M.D., Board Certified physician and founder of Allergy Sleep & Lung Care. “The key is finding the right exercise for you.”

Physical activities with periods of inactivity, such as baseball, are a good option. Swimming is also a great exercise for asthma sufferers, because the humid air can help keep symptoms away. Doing lower intensity training at the gym, and increasing rest periods between repetitions is also a great option.

Allowing your body to ease in to physical activity with time for warm-up and cool-down sessions will give the lungs time to get acclimated to the exercise.

When working out in a gym, make sure to choose a facility to help avoid asthma symptoms. Ask what type of cleaners and disinfectants the gym uses, and make sure the gym is well ventilated. This will help reduce exposure to mildew, mold and other potential asthma triggers.

If you have a personal trainer, make sure they are aware of your asthma action plan. This will help them know what to do in case of emergency and make suggestions to modify your activity. Communication is key to avoiding asthma attacks.

The great outdoors is a good place to work out, but consider the effects of car exhaust or high air pollution. Checking the air quality before heading outside could be the difference between easy breathing and asthma symptoms.

Always remember to talk to your doctor and keep on track with your asthma action plan. At Allergy Sleep & Lung Care, the asthma specialists will create an asthma action plan to monitor symptoms and provide medications, if needed, to help you live an active and fulfilling life.

For more information about Allergy Sleep & Lung Care, please visit www.LungCare.net, or call (239) 437-6670.

About Allergy Sleep & Lung Care
Allergy Sleep & Lung Care is dedicated to improving and maintaining the health status of their patients by providing compassionate, top quality care. The respected practice provides excellence in patient care with the innovation that counts. The highly experienced team continues to provide a level of care and treatment that is unmatched on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Allergy Sleep & Lung Care is located at 16420 HealthPark Commons Drive, Suite 100 Fort Myers, FL 33908, with a second location at 260 Beth Stacey Boulevard, Suite 220 Lehigh Acres, FL 33936. Allergy Sleep & Lung Care is a division of 21st Century Oncology.

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