Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder that around 2.7million Australian’s suffer from. Wheezing, breathlessness, coughing and tightness of the chest are all symptoms that can be experienced by individuals who suffer with asthma.
Research has shown us that individuals with asthma tend to limit exercise and physical activity as they want to try and avoid triggering respiratory symptoms. An individual with well-controlled asthma shouldn’t limit or restrict their ability to participate in physical activity.
Although the causes of asthma are largely unclear, it is important to participate in physical activity, as it can reduce symptoms by strengthening an individual’s heart and lungs, boost immunity and also enhances quality of life.
Individuals with asthma should be following a well-structured individualised program consisting of a warm up, a period of aerobic exercise, strength training and a warm down. Programs can differ, but it is highly recommended any individual with asthma wanting to commence an exercise program, consult one of our Exercise Physiologists.
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