Exercise Induced Asthma Treatment and Running Tips
Looking for an excuse to not exercise? Well, don’t turn to your asthma. While many people with this breath laboring ailment experience symptoms or attacks during exercise, it shouldn’t keep you on the couch. Exercise induced asthma can be controlled or prevented by following some simple tips, and spending some time with your doctor to ensure that you are properly managing your condition.
Exercise induced asthma isn’t really caused by exercising at all, it’s caused by breathing. When we’re hanging around watching television, the majority of our breathing is being handled by our nostrils. When we’re sweatin’ to the oldies on the other hand, we are breathing heavily, and through our mouths. The change in “weather conditions,” as in temperature and humidity from the switch in breathing, causes constriction in the airways, which can turn into exercise induced asthma.
There are things that you can do to prevent any more hardship to the already noble activity of exercising. And no, you don’t have to get crazy hunting around for homeopathic asthma remedies or load up on supplements or hokey natural asthma cures, but you do need to follow some tips, and consider changing some things about your routine. For instance, exercise induced asthma is very common for people while running. It happens less for people involved in activities that include short, intermittent bursts of activity. If you are serious about training for the last marathon however, and aren’t interested in changing activity type, heeding a few simple suggestions can help to reduce the amount of times you are reaching for that asthma attack treatment. Wearing a mask, avoiding running while pollen count or allergen triggers are high, running indoors if possible (especially during colder weather) and remembering to warm up and cool down are all very useful for reducing the occurrence of this condition.
If you are concerned about the frequency, duration, or treatment of your asthma, speak to your doctor. He or she will discuss your condition with you with regards physical activity and help work with you to develop an exercise plan that fits within the constraints of your physical health. If you are having unusual attacks, or those that are unexplainable, it’s especially important to speak to your doctor. You might be experiencing cardiac asthma, or a worsening of condition. With proper medical care, asthma is often easily managed, and a lack of it can make a lot more than exercising incredibly difficult.