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Exercising with Asthma: What Your Patients Should Know

Exercising trains the lungs just as it trains the muscles in a body. However, some patients and clients will find it more difficult to breathe during periods of physical exertion; this is often because of asthma.

There are several types of asthma, all of which affect how the body receives and processes oxygen during times of stress. It’s good to ask your patients and clients if they have asthma or other breathing and heart-related conditions prior to building a diet and exercise regimen. However, not all those afflicted with asthma will know about it prior to your program. Asthma can occur later in someone’s life, brought on by smoking or simply being hereditary. It can also be exclusively caused by high levels of physical activity, commonly called exercise-induced asthma.

 

Take precautions at your facility, clinic, or gym by having breathing tools and a certified medical technician on shift. After the asthma presents itself, inform your patients and clients of what they can do to exercise safely and effectively. Here are a few examples:

 

  • Breathe in Through the Nose – The nose filters many asthma triggers such as pollen. It also warms the air so that it’s less irritating to the lungs.
  • Swim – One of the best exercises for those with asthma is swimming, because it exposes you to warm, moist air as opposed to cool or dry air that can make breathing more difficult.
  • Start Light – Maintain a healthy lifestyle with exercises that don’t stimulate as heavy of breathing, such as light walking or hiking.
  • Short Bursts – Team activities with prolonged exertion can irritate the lungs, but sports with short bursts such as baseball or fencing are great!
  • Warm Up & Cool Down – Gradually increasing physical activity before a workout and gradually decreasing it afterward help keep breathing patterns more stable.
  • Carry an Inhaler – For safety reasons, always caution your clients to carry their inhaler (if they have one).

 

Whether your clients are physically active in your presence or not, they are your responsibility to ensure safe standards for exercise and health. Advise them to speak to their regular doctor before exercising with asthma to learn about their personal “green zone” and how to best stay in that zone. Some doctors can even help patients build an action plan.

 

For an ever larger breathing benefit for your client, consider promoting products with the ingredient Aller-7®, a blend of natural herbs that show improvements in nasal symptom scores, including sneezing and nasal congestion. For more information, inquire with InterHealth at info@interhealthusa.com.

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