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Exercise and Asthma


Lt Col Reynolds
One effective way to self-manage your asthma is to exercise on a regular basis. Dr. Green, can you tell us how exercise can help control asthma?

Dr. Green
Certainly, Dr. Reynolds. Regular exercise can strengthen your heart and lungs so that they don't have to work as hard. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise on most days. If you haven’t been active, start slowly and try to gradually increase your activity over time.

Keep in mind that cold-weather exercises, such as skiing, are more likely to cause wheezing. If you do exercise in cold weather, wear a facemask to warm the air you breathe, and don't exercise if the temperature is below zero. Activities such as golf, walking, and swimming are less likely to trigger attacks, but be sure to discuss any exercise program with your provider.