Having asthma doesn’t have to limit your ability to enjoy or excel at sport and exercise. The Asthma Society’s 'Reach Your Peak with Asthma' booklet is designed to help people with asthma enjoy exercise and get the most out of the sports they play.
Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for everyone, but especially for people with asthma. In fact, research has shown that a structured exercise regime can improve asthma control.
When exercising with asthma remember the following essential information:
- Be in control* - take your asthma medications, especially preventer medications correctly and regularly
- Have regular reviews with your doctor/nurse and have a personal written Asthma Action Plan
- Make sure your coach/instructor/teacher knows that you have asthma
- Always have your reliever (blue) inhaler easily accessible with you when exercising
- If exercise triggers your asthma take your reliever inhaler immediately before you warm up
- Always warm up (15-20 mins) before exercise and warm down after exercise
- Identify your asthma "triggers" and try to avoid them
- Increase your fitness levels gradually
- If you have asthma symptoms when you exercise STOP, take your reliever inhaler and wait 5 minutes until breathing easily and symptom free before starting again
- Carry your reliever inhaler and an Asthma Attack Card with you AT ALL TIMES
*If your day-to-day asthma is well controlled you should not need to use your reliever inhaler more than twice a week
Common Asthma Triggers in Exercise
- Cold air
- Long distance running
- Fitness test
- Chlorine in swimming pools
- Pollen (including grass cuttings)
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in the chest
Check out The Irish Sports Council for more information asthma medication in competitive sports
To download your copy of the Reach Your Peak Pack, click here or call 01 817 8886 to order a copy by post. Free postage is available to Asthma Society members. It is free to join and you can do so here, otherwise postage charges will apply.