Almost all of us know someone who has asthma. The attacks can range from mild to severe, and if you don’t think you know anyone with the condition, it’s likely that you’ve never witnessed an asthma attack or you just don’t look up from your iPhone enough. Luckily there’s some solid information that you can either use for yourself, or pass along to someone who lives with it. Typically, it’s assumed that if someone has asthma, they should avoid any strenuous efforts, but that’s not always the case.
Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways. Though there are a variety of things that can trigger an attack, which vary from person to person, the end result is usually the same — inflamed, narrow airways, and a filling of mucus. It makes it difficult to breathe, making a person’s body work harder to get air to their lungs.
Many things can trigger an attack: allergies, exercise, foods, smoke, heartburn, infections and medications.
Researchers at Concordia University, have recently published a study with positive outcomes for the reduction of asthma attacks through exercise.
How to get in that 30-minute exercise routine
All that’s needed is 30 minutes of exercise per day. It can be low intensity and low impact. As long as it’s consistent, it can cause positive changes in the frequency and intensity of asthma attacks. Such exercises include:
- Group exercise class (work your way up)
- Bike riding
As long as you’re active in some way for at least 30 minutes, you’re creating change and adaptation in your body. Use it for yourself or pass it along, save the world one share at a time!