When the lungs become irritated by allergens such as cold air, pollen, smoke, dust and dust mites, animal dander, mold spores and the like, asthma could result. With asthma, there is narrowing and swelling of the airways, thus making it difficult for you to breathe.
Once an asthmatic takes the floor to exercise, he increases his risk of a developing what is called Exercise-Induced Asthma or EIA, for short. When you experience EIA, it does not mean that you have chronic asthma; however, if you are already a chronic asthmatic, most likely you will have exercise-induced asthma. In spite of this, here is something worth smiling about: EIA happens very quickly. Usually, after 30 seconds, it’s all over. Exercise as well helps in reducing the severity of EIA.
There are tips to consider when exercising with the view of minimizing the effects of EIA. First, choose a warm, moist environment to do your activity. You can go swimming, for instance or engage in water aerobics. Exercising outdoors must be done with caution as the cold air can trigger attacks or worsen the condition. In the event that you would want to enjoy the beauty of nature outside when doing your exercise routines, just be sure to wear a mask so that the air that you breathe will be warm and moisturized.
Very often, your doctor may advise you to use an inhaler prior to exercising and while exercising. Aside from that you will also be advised to drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration, as you must know can bring about EIA attacks, so it is very important that you not allow yourself to get dehydrated. Hydrating yourself before, during, and after every exercise session should help you with this.
In the event that you get EIA while exercising and medical help is not immediately accessible, here are some tips to bear in mind: Go to an area where it is warm and drink warm liquids, preferably something with caffeine in it because caffeine helps dilate airways that are constricted. Then try to breathe from your diaphragm.
EIA should never be an excuse for not exercising. There are many commendable athletes in the USA who are suffering from EIA and you should be inspired by the success they have achieved despite having EIA. All you have to do is modify your work-out routine and be sure to have rest periods in between.
To make it easier for you to remember the best exercise routine to follow, think of the “two-minute rules” suggested by the American College of Sports and Medicine. With the two-minute rules, you have start with two minutes of activity of very low intensity, then rest for two minutes. Next, do another two minutes of activity of higher intensity this time, and rest again for two minutes.
Follow this with two minutes of activity at the intensity level that is just below the actual activity you expect to do, and rest for two minutes. Then have another two minutes of the activity at the intensity level of the activity you expect to perform; rest again for two minutes before engaging in the activity that you desire to do next.