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Is exercise OK if you have asthma?

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Regular exercise can help you control your asthma. It can strengthen lung muscles, make it easier to manage your weight, and boost your immune system. Instead:

  • Try different kinds of activities that are less challenging.
  • Avoid weather conditions that might trigger symptoms.

SOURCES:

Allergy and Asthma Network: “Asthma Inhalers."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: “Inhaled Asthma Medications: Tips to Remember.”

Asthma Society of Canada: “Controllers: Inhaled Steroids.”

American Thoracic Society Patient Information Series: “Asthma and Exercise for Children and Adults.” 

Canadian Lung Association: “Exercise and Asthma.”

University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute: “Asthma Fact Sheet.”

Cathy Vitari, RN, BSN, AE-C, clinical research nurse and certified asthma educator, University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

UpToDate: “Patient education: Asthma inhaler techniques in adults (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 23, 2019

SOURCES:

Allergy and Asthma Network: “Asthma Inhalers."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: “Inhaled Asthma Medications: Tips to Remember.”

Asthma Society of Canada: “Controllers: Inhaled Steroids.”

American Thoracic Society Patient Information Series: “Asthma and Exercise for Children and Adults.” 

Canadian Lung Association: “Exercise and Asthma.”

University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute: “Asthma Fact Sheet.”

Cathy Vitari, RN, BSN, AE-C, clinical research nurse and certified asthma educator, University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

UpToDate: “Patient education: Asthma inhaler techniques in adults (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 23, 2019

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