Being physically active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, even for those with asthma. If you have asthma, there may be some special precautions to take before exercising. These include:

  • Always follow your Asthma Action Plan designed between you and your doctor.
  • Use your inhaled medications, as prescribed, before beginning physical activity.
  • Always warm-up and cool-down before and after exercise.
  • Cold air can worsen asthma symptoms. If exercising outside in the cold, cover your mouth and nose with a scarf.
  • If pollen levels are high or if you live in an area with a lot of air pollution, seek indoor exercise opportunities.
  • If you’re ill, take a break from exercising.
  • Don’t over do it. Exercise at your fitness level.

Some forms of exercise are better for those with asthma than others. For example, cold weather activities and endurance sports are best suited for those without asthma. See the list below for more details.

  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Gymnastics
  • Baseball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Basketball
  • Field Hockey
  • Ice Hockey
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Ice Skating
For more information on exercising with asthma, check out the links below.

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