Yet asthma should not be avoided. This we knew way back in 1981, and was part of a lecture we received asthma patients at national Jewish Health back in 1985:
I. Exercise -- Should not be avoided, even if there is an exercise component
1. Use pretreat when necessary.
A. Why is it important?
- Improved strength in musculature increases the body's ability to fight off attacks -- particularly in muscles associated with breathing
- Child will have a healthier appetite and sleep better if he/she is exercising regularly
- Aids in weight control
- Can possibly effectively increase lung capacity
- Any exercise is beneficial, providing you know your limits, attend to your early signs of distress, and take pretreats if prescribed
- Swimming is particularly excellent because it exercises most muscles and teaches breathing control
Now we would add that the more you exercise, the more tolerant you become to exercise. The more you exercise, the less fatigued you will get, and the less dyspnea you will experience with normal movement.
Exercise is good all the way around. I think in my Asthma Central Shareposts I write about this more often than any other subject regarding asthma, because I find it to be so true. The more I exercise, the better my asthma becomes.
Yet when I go months without exercise, when my life becomes sedentary, I find I get dyspneic even while sitting. I think this is worse for asthmatics than those who do not have asthma. Exercise! Do it! I wrote about this in more detail here.