Asthma symptoms are commonly triggered by exercise as most people with asthma may feel difficulty breathing, wheezing, or chest tightness. However, some exercises may benefit those with asthma. Here are some tips and exercises for seniors with asthma!
Swimming is a good exercise for individuals who suffer from asthma as it strengthens the respiratory muscles. Additionally, it exposes the lungs to warm, moist air, which makes asthma triggers less likely. Besides that, swimming can also improve your mental well-being as it helps you relax which can aid you to sleep better.
Yoga is another exercise that is good for the elderly with asthma as it has been reported to help them feel better. It’s a beneficial physical activity as it improves your postures and opens your chest muscles to allow better breathing. It also helps you learn to manage your breathing while also reducing stress, which is a common cause of asthma.
If you prefer leisure activities, taking a walk through the park may be ideal for you. Walking is another excellent low-intensity workout for people with asthma. As it doesn’t require much energy, it helps to make breathing easier. You should only walk outside when it’s warm as dry, cool air may trigger your asthma symptoms. You can also use a treadmill or an indoor track to walk. It’s important that you warm up before and take your inhaler with you.
If you want a little more challenge, you can go for a hike. It’s best to choose a trail that is mostly flat or has a gradual rise. It’s important to check the pollen count in your area before hiking and you should only hike if the pollen counts are low.
Tips for Exercising with Asthma
Before beginning any exercise, it’s a good idea to consult with a doctor. This is particularly crucial if you have asthma symptoms that get worse as you exercise. A doctor who is an expert in managing asthma can assist you in determining the optimal workouts and asthma medications. Many individuals with asthma benefit from using a short-acting bronchodilator 15 minutes before exercising.
Exercise should be done indoors if the weather is exceptionally cold or hot, or when there is a lot of pollution. This also applies to people with asthma and allergies whenever the pollen count is high.
Here are some tips:
- Always warm-up
- As much as possible, breathe through your nose
- In cold weather, cover your nose and mouth with a scarf or mask
- If you have allergies or asthma, don’t go outside while pollen counts are high
- Avoid exercising outdoors if there is a lot of pollution
- Avoid exercising when you’re sick
- Always cool down after exercise
- Don’t push yourself
- Bring an albuterol inhaler with you
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