Asthma and Physical Activity

Exercise and physical activity are important for good health. This is true even when you have asthma. Exercise keeps your heart and lungs healthy.

There are ways that exercise may cause problems when you have asthma. They include:

  • Faster breathing. Exercise can make you breathe faster. This may cause asthma symptoms or an asthma attack.

  • Poor air quality. This can also trigger asthma symptoms. Ozone, air pollution, and particles in the air can all trigger asthma symptoms in some people. Keep this in mind before taking part in outdoor sports or exercise.

  • Intense sports. You may have asthma symptoms with sports that are intense or last a long time. These include sports such as basketball and soccer, and other activities with long periods of running.

Before you start any exercise program or sport, talk with your healthcare provider.

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