Exercise and Asthma
For people who have asthma, exercise can trigger breathing problems, coughing, and wheezing.
It is important to take your asthma medications and be aware of triggers that can worsen your symptoms such as chlorine from swimming pools, cold and dry air, and chemicals to clean ice rinks.
Before exercise, you can:
- Warm-Up: Warm up for 6 to 10 minutes before starting your exercise. Talk to your provider about the best warm-up and exercise for you.
- Cover Mouth and Nose in Cold Weather: Wear a scarf or gaiter to protect yourself from cold, dry air.
- Talk to Coaches and Teachers: Parents should let their child’s coaches and teachers know about their child’s asthma, so they can be on the lookout for any issues.