The 15 Best (and 10 Worst) Exercises for Asthma

Asthma is a chronic, common problem. To put it simply, it’s a condition that causes someone’s airways to become inflamed, making it difficult for that person to breathe. This person may also experience bad bouts of coughing, wheezing, or chest tightness, but these people still lead normal, everyday lives that don’t look too much different than anybody else’s.

Like everybody else, it helps to exercise. Exercising has a large number of untold benefits, but for people with asthma, it may even help their condition. They do have to watch how they exercise more than most people would. Asthma is often triggered by exercise, which is unsurprising considering most exercise will get you breathing heavy before long. What can someone with asthma do then?

A lot, actually! If they’re careful, starting new activities slowly, people with asthma can do most anything. Just look at world class soccer player David Beckham or the women’s marathon world record holder and 4-time Olympian Paula Radcliffe. Both athletes are competing in sports people with asthma usually wouldn’t be able to, but they played their cards smart, listening to their bodies and taking care of their asthma.

If you have asthma, there’s a lot you can do and a few things that it’s recommended you don't do, but as with anything, it’s different for everybody. Always bring your inhaler, start slowly, and try to bring someone with you as you start exercising!

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